Inspiring More Companies in Nevada To Hire People With Disabilities

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Getting a job can be a tough task, especially if you have a disability. Michael Amerson works for Hodell-Natco Industries in Sparks filling boxes with supplies. He says working for the company feels like home. Hodell-Natco Industries is the first company to partner with United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada ‘s job training program on a larger scale. Out of about 90 people in the program, right now, only 20 of them have jobs and most are hired one at a time.

“It’s hard to place them because there is such a stigma,” said Kathy Roller of the UCPNV.

Oftentimes, however, with just a few minor accommodations, they can do the same things as everyone else. Three months later and these new hires got the company caught up on inventory. They really haven’t had any hiccups besides having to switch boxes because they were too heavy at first.
Management says you could not ask for better attitudes. Coming to work makes them happy.

“They’re far more capable than we anticipated and need less supervision than we thought,” said sales manger Kevin Hartman.

They work a couple hours a day at the warehouse and then spend the remainder of their day in training or at the organization’s thrift store in Sparks.
They’re building relationships and confidence everyday.

“They my buddies, my friends,” said Jack, one of the trainees.

They only work about 12 hours a week now but will keep training, hoping to move up in the company.

“If it wasn’t for UCPNV or my group home, I wouldn’t even know where I would be for the next 20 years,” said Trainee Michael Amerson.

Thanks to Hodell-Natco and the UCPNV, he now has something to look forward too.

If you know of any openings, you can give the UCPNV a call at 322-6555.

United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada Elects Erik Jimenez to Board of Trustees

United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada (UCPNV) welcomes Erik Jimenez to their 2016-2017 Board of Trustees. Jimenez was elected at the August 2016 board meeting to help provide guidance and advice to those living with Cerebral Palsy and similar disabilities. UCPNV is an organization that Jimenez holds dear as he has lived with Cerebral Palsy his entire life.

A native Nevadan, Jimenez grew up in Las Vegas and moved to Reno in 2010 to attend the University of Nevada. After graduating with a bachelor’s in Political Science, Jimenez stayed in the Reno area to further his career and education. Still attending the university, Jimenez is finishing a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in energy policy and management.

Since 2008, Jimenez has been involved in state and local politics, interning in the offices of former U.S. Senator John Ensign and U.S. Congressman Crescent Hardy. Jimenez joined the public affairs firm Argentum Partners in 2015, where he serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs, representing a number of clients at the Nevada Legislature.


September becomes STEPtember, a 10,000 step a day event to raise awareness for United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada

At the begining of today’s Reno City Council meeting (September 14, 2016), the City of Reno will proclaim September as STEPtember in support of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and the work they do to improve the lives of people living with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. STEPtember challenges participants to take 10,000 steps a day through the month of September.

“The awareness and money raised by STEPtember enables our organization to provide valuable services and resources to families. We are committed to providing individualized services to allow people to live their life without limits,” states Monica Elsbrock, President and CEO of UCP of Nevada.

Locally, several organizations have created STEPtember teams including FirstService Residential, Nevada State Bank, Microsoft, Interior Specialists and Argentum Partners. Additionally, City of Reno Vice Mayor Oscar Delgado along with Reno Police Chief Jason Soto and Reno Fire Chief David Cochran have joined the effort and created a team called the Reno Steppers. A proclamation will be read at Reno City Hall at the beginning of the September 14 Reno City Council meeting.

For more information on STEPtember, visit

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UCPNV Welcomes Adam Kiefer to our Board of Trustees!

Adam is committed to Nevada and committed to helping improve the lives of people with disabilities within northern Nevada. The community is close to his heart as he raises twin boys, each with their own Cerebral Palsy diagnosis. The journey isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.

In 2001 Adam moved to Reno from California to attend the University of Nevada and play for the Wolf Pack football team. He currently holds the position of Vice President of Business Development at Nevada State Bank.

Outside of working for the bank and volunteering, Adam spends the rest of his time with his wife, Christine, and two sons, Luke and Jacob, enjoying as much of what northern Nevada has to offer as possible.