March 13, 2014

Supporting Dignity: Meet Brad and Elaine Barnett!

When Brad and Elaine Barnett found UCP, they found their way to make sure families with developmental disabilities would always have resources to care for their children.

Their daughter Jennie had Down syndrome and they knew the difference local programs made in their lives. Local programs helped Jennie find her love for art, and she made hundreds of pottery pieces for family and friends, as well as paintings including the one above. Brad and Elaine now display one of her creations: a heart-shaped bowl etched with “Love you from the heart.”

Page4_Painting“As parents, seeing our daughter happy, creative and engaged with others kept us encouraged,” Brad said. “We give to ensure other individuals and their families have hope.”

Since 2007, Brad has raised more than $64,000 for UCP’s programs through a coin canister initiative with gas stations run by his company, Sierra Energy. Since 2010, Brad also has helped raise $20,000 each year through the UCP Golf Classic, inviting half of the 20 golfers and sponsoring through Sierra Energy. Brad now serves as a trustee for the Foundation for UCP of Sacramento and Northern California.

“We choose to give because such a high percentage goes directly to programs and services,” Elaine said. “I feel really good about giving to an organization so committed to their clients. Our daughter used to say, ‘I’m not handicapped, I’m human.’ UCP gives dignity to people with developmental disabilities.”

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