Ujamaa Place is addressing a major crisis

Since 2011, Ujamaa Place has been empowering young African American men (ages 18-30) to develop the skills and resources required to become strong, responsible, employed, engaged men and fathers who contribute positively to their families and communities.

All “Ujamaa Men” have experienced multiple barriers, including being undereducated, unemployed, homeless, affiliated with gangs, having criminal, mental health and substance abuse issues, no father in their life, and a general marginalization by greater society. In other words, men with little hope or opportunity, and even less esteem in public opinion.

Upon completion of Ujamaa Place programming, significantly “more participants had a job, more participants had a high school diploma or GED, more participants were renting their own housing, more participants were contributing financially to their housing situation, and more participants had a connection with their children” than upon entry to the program.

Ujamaa Place has served more than 1000 men. Almost 100 percent of these men were homeless, unemployed, recently released from prison, with an average of a 4th grade education.

No other organization in the Twin Cities offers holistic programming for this population.

An average of 72 participants per month have been participating in the Ujamaa program since 2013.

As of 2015, an average of 65 or 90% have been employed each month since October 2013. The employment retention rate is 80%. To date 60% are living independently in housing subsidized by Ujamaa Place. Others are provided housing as funding allows. Outcomes as defined by Wilder Research and measured for enrollees to date show that less than 1% have returned to prison (versus an average of 71 percent), 100% have become further educated, have stable housing, and are connected to their families.

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