UCP receives $7,500 grant from Pacific Coast Building Products Foundation
United Way California Capital Region certified nonprofit partner UCP of Sacramento and Northern California recently awarded a grant of $7,500 from Pacific Coast Building Products Foundation and Pacific Coast Companies of Rancho Cordova to fund UCP Saddle Pals Heroes Astride, which provides adaptive horsemanship opportunities to disabled servicemen and women at no cost so they can recover from physical and emotional trauma.
“Our nation’s heroes serve their country around the world, but when they are injured, often have trouble finding the care they need close to home, “ said Doug Bergman, president and CEO, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California. “We are very thankful to Pacific Coast for its generous donation that will empower wounded veterans, servicemen and servicewomen to heal physically, mentally and emotionally.”
UCP’s accredited adaptive horsemanship program enables veterans – in partnership with their families – to receive care in an environment that promotes confidence, coordination and community so they can rehabilitate and reintegrate into their community. The act of riding a horse can have intensive positive results for a person with a disability, from the rhythmic movement of the horse, which is close to a human’s gait, the warmth and size of the animal and the special bond people develop with horses. Program participation results in growth, independence and improved quality of life for participants and their families. Unlike traditional approaches, horsemanship activities are enjoyable, and family and community members participate in the process. For more information, visit www.ucpsacto.org.