Generosity from the community gave Cerebral Palsy organization a helping hand

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Every piece of furniture being loaded onto a moving truck is a small piece in the big picture for UCP's newest program.

It is part of a big gift from a home building company to help bring the non-profit's vision to life for "The Nest".

Benchmark Communities is giving UCP all the furniture they need for their new off-site facility in Northwest Fresno, catering to the group's older students with Alzheimers and Dementia.

"We are excited to be associated with UCP. We fully support their mission statement of promoting productivity, independence of full citizenship of our community," said Jim Jimison, President of Benchmark Central Valley Division.

Their gift to the nonprofit is just one gesture from the community.

The men loading each piece of furniture into this moving truck are members of the Fresno State baseball team. They have donated their time to help with the tough task.

Once the furniture is set up at The Nest UCP will be able to fill each classroom with students who need it the most. Their goal is to give every person who walks in a warm welcome.

"As soon as you walk in we don't want it to look like a typical day program, we don't want it to be clinical," said Kim Regnerus, UCP Central California.

It is a groundbreaking program, not just for UCP students.

"Once you get into that 50, 60, 70 age range you're not ready to retire, you want to experience life. There wasn't a program that existed like that here. There's a great need-- lets fill it," said Regnerus.

Each room will have a purpose Regnerus said.

"We have phenomenal instructors who teach knitting, crocheting, so getting students involved in arts side of it."

With the gifts UCP will be able to have the state come inspect The Nest.

Their goal is to have it all done by the beginning of the year.
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