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About United Community Corporation

United Community Corporation helps empower all members of our community to achieve economic self-sufficiency by providing a range of supportive services. We continue to expand and improve our services, which include; an emergency shelter with case management, a program for seniors, low-income housing, and a range of high-quality after school and summer camp programs for youth.

We are always open to new partnerships and collaborations to aid in fulfilling our mission to help lift low-income residents out of poverty and to improve the quality of their lives in every way we can.

Services

Fulton Street Emergency Shelter

The Need:

Those we shelter each night are a particularly vulnerable homeless population with nowhere else to go.

Our Service:

We provide a clean, safe space for homeless adults to stay for up to 30 days.

  • Potential clients must provide: valid ID, social security card, proof of address.
  • In addition, meals are provided occasionally, large TV, support group, health screenings, showers, warming center for Code Blue, and computer for looking for work or other activities.
  • Case management is provided to all guests that reside at the shelter.
  • Other services include referrals to other support services such as mental health, substance abuse, food pantries, identification assistance, rental assistance, veteran services and social services.
  • 64 beds recently renovated shelter in downtown Newark
  • 18 female beds and 46 male beds
  • Provides safe, clean shelter for up to 30 days for men and women.

Fulton Street is currently seeking donations for men and women 18+.

The items need are those such as:

Towels, Wash Cloths, Blankets, Face Mask, Water, Sock etc.

31 Fulton Street
Newark, NJ 07102 United States

973-642-0181

For more information, email: donations@uccnewark.org

A QUICK RESPONSE TO OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS:

We can’t begin to express the many blessings that are preparing to come UCC’s way but the work of our frontline staff is beyond measure.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, a request for towels was made and it hit really hard that this was an item we didn’t have in abundance as the showers we have are the only showers many guests have used in a prolonged period of time. The towels we provide, often times will also double as a blanket or jacket insulation on a cold day when a guest can’t make it to a shelter.

The care, respect and compassion guests receive at our shelter goes a long way and the community hears that good work through guests but also our team are ambassadors.

The call for help was given Tuesday night and Wednesday morning the community showed up to help. We were able to purchase 116 towels and 414 washcloths because of the mission and commitment to and from our community.

There are more donations being made and several items underway such as organizations pledging services, financial campaigns, and in kind donations.

Become apart of our mission by helping our shelter with an abundance of items such as towels, toiletries, blankets, pillowcases, etc.

Energy Assistance

Challenged with shut off notices? We may be able to assist.

UCC is pleased to offer Essex County Residents the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) along side the PAGE Program (Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric) taking you step by step through the applications for financial assistance including all documentation needed.

CALL ONE OF OUR LOCATIONS CLOSEST TO YOU:
973-642-0181

West Side Park
600 S 17th Street
Newark, NJ 07103
ext 5716 or 5717

106 Ann Street
Newark, NJ 07105
ext 3173 or 5713

231 N 18th Street
East Orange, NJ 07017
ext 5708 or 5711

Champion House
933 S 18th Street
Newark, NJ 07108
ext 5703 or 5712

Fulton Street Emergency Shelter
31 Fulton Street
Newark, NJ 07102
ext 5709

Food and Clothing Pantry

CHAMPION HOUSE AND ANN STREET

The Champion House Food & Clothing pantry has a goal of providing food and clothing necessities to those in need. Food packages, baby items and a wide range of clothing, shoes and coats are available for the whole family from our Ann St. location – appointments are not required but they are encouraged.

The Need:

There are many food insecure individuals and families in our community. Vulnerable members of our community participating in the NJ SNAP program may run out of resources toward the end of the month and need extra assistance to feed themselves and their families.

Our Service:

We provide one monthly food package, containing non-perishable groceries and fresh produce to eligible individuals and families. To access the food pantry, you must bring:

Government ID
Social Security card
Proof of Recent Residency (lease, mail addressed to you, library card, proof of income). If you are not receiving income, you must fill out a zero-income verification form.

If you are currently without a government ID, we can provide you with one complimentary food package and refer you to our case management team, who can assist you in applying for new identification documents.

933 S 18th St
Newark, NJ 07108
973-642-0181
fooddistribution@uccnewark.org

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00am-2:00pm
Food package consisting of non-perishable groceries and fresh produce for individuals and families in need.

Ann Street Clothing Boutique
106 Ann Street
Newark, NJ 07105
973-642-0181
fooddistribution@uccnewark.org

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00am-2:00pm
Food package consisting of non-perishable groceries and fresh produce for individuals and families in need.

Housing Assistance


THE NEED:

  • Financial assistance to help pay for housing
  • Stabilize families/individuals to assist in maintaining in their housing unit
  • Case management and services to maintain housing

OUR SERVICE:

Homelessness Prevention Assistance to households experiencing a financial hardship placing them imminently (at-risk) of homelessness due to an eviction(Must have a summons or warrant of removal from landlord-tenant court – court papers must have a docket number and a court date and must be no more than 6 months old)

Rapid Re-Housing Assistance families and individuals living; on the street, in a transitional, emergency shelter, domestic violence shelter or the home is not-fit for human habitation, assist financially in obtaining permanent housing.

Limited Mortgage Assistance (LMA) is available to homeowners for up to two (2) months of mortgage arrears, not exceeding the below delinquencies:

0 – 90  (days delinquent)
90 – 180 (days delinquent)
Seminars, coaching and housing counseling services are offered in providing various options as it pertains to; Home Retention, Disposition Options. Loan Modification and Pre-Foreclosure Sale (PFS)

Purpose:  Help Essex County residents who have exhausted all other retention options bring their mortgage current on their primary residence and avoid foreclosure.

Benefit: At least $2,200 per household (contingent upon case)

Eligibility:

  • Applicant(s) must be delinquent at least (60) days, have received notification in writing from their lender that the foreclosure proceedings have been initiated, and have received in writing, from their lender, a denial of default resolution, forbearance, or payment arrangement.
  • Applicant(s) must be the property owner(s) and the property for which assistance is being requested must be their primary residence.
  • Property types include single-family homes, owner-occupied 2-4 family homes, condos, and town homes.
  • Applicant(s) being qualified as low- moderate income at the time foreclosure assistance is requested.
  • Applicant(s) must provide proof of residency in the area of Essex County New Jersey.
  • Applicant(s) are eligible to receive foreclosure prevention assistance one time only
    required to maintain their mortgage after foreclosure assistance is received.
  • Applicant(s) will be required to demonstrate the steps they are taking to resolve their situation.
  • Applicant(s) must demonstrate proof of extraordinary hardship. Assistance will be provided where an extraordinary hardship exists and has been demonstrated through adequate documentation, resulting in the delinquency on the first mortgage. If the applicant(s) has a variable rate mortgage, they must agree to modify or refinance to a fixed rate mortgage

For more information, contact us: 973-642-0181 ext 5715
Pam.mcneill@uccnewark.org | damon@damonhelps.com

VICTIMS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The United Community Corporation’s VAP (Victims Assistance Program) assists those members of our community with supportive services which include; intensive case management, food package needs, clothing,  counseling needs.

The VAP meets the needs of crime victims and assists the public through in-house and referral services to other non-profit agencies, legal support, and primary healthcare providers. In order to ensure that the crime victim is treated with fairness, compassion, and respect by the criminal justice system to prevent secondary victimization by the system.

Our approach is to help our clients by setting clear goals and, with our help, taking manageable steps toward those goals. One step at a time, we empower them to make positive changes in their lives. They are given the resources and support they need –to fulfill those goals. They are listened to and treated like family.

Case Management services provided by credentialed counselors/case managers. Based on a comprehensive assessment of need, our approach is to connect them to the broad array of available internal and external services.

Short Individual/Family Counseling provided by counselors/case managers, to individuals and families to help them understand and address the grief and trauma they have experienced.

Support Groups facilitated by counselors/case managers, will allow for emotional and social support, and provide a safe space where clients can explore and understand the highly-charged feelings that often accompany victimization. By meeting and interacting with others in similar circumstances, clients may develop a supportive peer network.

Youth, Family, and Senior Services

The Need:

Youth in Newark face particularly acute challenges. Just 78% of students graduate from high school, and students are often not adequately trained to enter the workforce. There is a pressing need for quality comprehensive programs that provide young people with academic support, career exposure and preparation, and positive recreational activities in a safe and secure environment is clear.

Our Service:

United Community Corporation (UCC) provides summer camp and after-school programs to more than 300 children and families. UCC’s Project 21 After-school program provides academic support, career exploration and recreational activities in a fun but structured after-school environment at West Side Park Community Center, Waterfront Community Center, South 17th Street School, Hawthorne Avenue School, and Harriet Tubman Elementary School. The summer camp and after-school program includes trips, academic and recreational programming and much more. UCC’s West Side Park site offers; Well run and enriching after school programs in a safe secure environment, vibrant summer camp for children includes weekly outings and a camping trip and a wide range of facilities at Westside Park includes outdoor tennis, playgrounds, track, basketball court, a gymnasium and dance studio.

In addition, UCC runs West Side Park Community Center which is used for community events and programs, open gym and much more.

West Side Park
600 S 17th Street
Newark, NJ 07103
973-373-7802

For more information, email: info@uccnewark.org

S.T.E.A.M PROGRAM

United Community Corporation’s S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program was made eligible by funding through a grant from the NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives as well as programming support from the Arman Roy Foundation. This program was created with the goal of providing students with a better understanding of the S.T.E.A.M. field that will prepare them for 21st Century learning and careers. It began in December of 2019 and operated nearly through all of 2020 – with a break from October-November for reprogramming.

Over 60 S.T.E.A.M. classes were held virtually, hybrid and in-person reaching over 40 students during 2020. Programming was provided by UCC’s S.T.E.A.M. instructors as well as from the Montclair Learning Center, Women of Wellness and Arts for Kids.

United Community Corporation’s S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program was made eligible by funding through a grant from the NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives as well as programming support from the Arman Roy Foundation. This program was created with the goal of providing students with a better understanding of the S.T.E.A.M. field that will prepare them for 21st Century learning and careers. It began in December of 2019 and operated nearly through all of 2020 – with a break from October-November for reprogramming.

Over 60 S.T.E.A.M. classes were held virtually, hybrid and in-person reaching over 40 students during 2020. Programming was provided by UCC’s S.T.E.A.M. instructors as well as from the Montclair Learning Center, Women of Wellness and Arts for Kids.

Community and Family Empowerment Program

UCC’s Community and Family Empowerment Program aims to effectively engage families about the services available to their children, connect families to a network of community programs, agencies, and services that support and empower parents in advocating for their children, and aid families in maneuvering the Juvenile Justice System reform efforts.

UCC has provided services for at-risk individuals & families since 1964, which extended to providing specialized programming and support to those involved in the Juvenile Justice System.  Our current services for youth include academic support, homework assistance, mentoring, entrepreneurial education, STEAM programming, career exposure, a job training and preparedness program, and recreational activities. Our services allow us to identify and nurture the youth that are most susceptible to juvenile delinquency behaviors and redirect them towards wholesome, productive and community-building activities.

The goal of UCC’s Community and Family Empowerment Program is to address the needs of the youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice System in Essex County by providing an increased level of family engagement and community support while decreasing the recidivism rate in Essex County Juvenile Justice System.

Youthbuild Program

The Youthbuild program has been carefully designed by community activists with the input of young people in several neighborhoods over 14 years. Young people of many racial and ethnic groups have participated and benefited. It is appealing to groups in rural as well as urban neighborhoods, because it is comprehensive in its approach, the Youthbuild program is a number of things at once. It is a/an:

  • Community service program, in which young people get to build housing for homeless and other low-income people, providing the most valuable and visible commodity for their hard-pressed communities: affordable housing.
  • Alternative school, in which participants spend 50 percent of their program time pursuing academic goals, which may include vocational and remedial education, study toward a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, and preparation for higher education.
  • Training and pre-apprenticeship program, in which young people receive on-site training in construction skills during 50 percent of their time in the program from qualified instructors who are often union journeymen, and then get placed in construction-related jobs or apprenticeships.
  • Leadership development program, in which young people share in the governance of their own program and participate actively in community affairs, learning the values and the lifelong commitment needed by effective and ethical community leaders.

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United Community Corporation
205 Spruce Street,
Newark, NJ 07108