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United Needs & Abilities (UNA) began in 1979 as the Client Services Coordination Project and was located at the Holly Center. Generous assistance such as office space, furniture, and supplies were vital contributions from the Holly Center during this early stage of our existence. In June 1981, the agency officially incorporated as the Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore, Inc.
Subsequently, there have been numerous milestones. In 1983, our first consumer was admitted into the Intensive Behavior Unit (IBU) in Hebron, Maryland. Satellite offices were established in Elkton (1984) and Easton (1986), and in 1984, the first newsletter, New Directions, was published. Additionally, our Individual Support Services Program underwent significant expansion in 1988, and in 1989 we established an independent main office on Power Street in Salisbury, Maryland.
The Fruitland Alternative Living Unit was constructed in 1990, and, in 1992, the main office moved to Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, Maryland. That same year, we also opened the Lantern Hill home and established a toll-free number. The scholarship program was officially created in 1994 to provide financial assistance to eligible students. In 1996, the supervised apartment program expanded to serve seven residents, and in 1997, the Kids on the Block puppet program was launched. In 1998, we acquired two new residences at Shannon Court and Coulbourn Mill Road, and the Elkton office was relocated free from government sponsorship.
In 2006, we moved the main office to East Main Street in Salisbury, Maryland. In 2009, we were named as the sole provider of Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) for the Eastern Shore. In 2011, we opened the Riverside Drive and Arden Drive homes funded through generous contributions from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and donors to our capital campaign. In 2011, we began a significant expansion of our Community Supported Living Arrangement (CSLA) program in an effort to allow individuals and families the choice to receive services in their homes. We entered into the Rivers Edge joint venture in 2012 to build affordable accessible housing for persons with disabilities. A rebranding project in 2012-2013 led to the changing of our name to United Needs & Abilities and the creation of a new logo.