UCAP Connected Initiative
About the Program:
In 2011, Courage for Kids launched its UCAP Connected Initiative to raise money to support homeless children at United Communities Against Poverty’s Shepherd’ Cove. UCAP was established in 1964 and designated as the official Community Action Agency (CAA) for Prince George’s County in 1978, and is the leading advocate for communities of people facing deficiencies in education, affordable housing, economic stability, and adequate health care access. UCAP is dedicated to providing ample services to individuals and families whose quality of life has been negatively impacted by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, crime, and inadequate public health services. Through UCAP’s rigid outlay of programs, the residents (including individuals and families) of the County are able to achieve stabilization and become self-sufficient members of the greater community.
UCAP’s mission is to Alleviate poverty; Improve awareness of the needs of low and moderate income residents; and Maximize the quality of life for residents of Prince George’s County and impoverished individuals throughout the State of Maryland. In 2008, UCAP served 15,420 individual clients, and 10,478 families. Due to the continued rising living costs, UCAP projects a total client base of 17,000 individuals and 13,000 families for 2009.
Courage for Kids plans to donate funds which will be used to provide additional staff, and extend the hours of operation for Shepherd’s Cove’s daycare to provide a safe and educational environment for children whose mothers working late shifts, or who otherwise can’t pick up their children by 6:00 p.m. Courage for Kids will also donate books, and other essentials for the children.