Wednesday, June 21, 2021
Teacher of the Year!
At the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year, Jamila Colin was named “Teacher of the Year” at Newark’s South 17th Street Elementary School for her “tireless dedication to serving the community.”

Colin’s teaching doesn’t stop when the bell rings at the end of a day at the elementary school. She serves as the supervisor of United Community Corp.’s 21st Century after school and summer program for children ages 8 to 13.

“Working with the kids is amazing because you see them growing from 3rd graders into 9th and 10th graders,” Colin said. “A lot of them stay in the program and have graduated from the youth program into the teen program for high schoolers. It’s great because they are staying out of trouble and they are coming to us because they want to.”
March 2020 to current continues to be riddled with challenges that have been amplified due to the pandemic. The community has been in need and UCC along with many other organizations and individuals have risen to the challenge.
Upcoming Events
House Music In The Park
For 43 years, Mike Franklin has graced the City of Newark and surrounding cities with his DJ ability.

Sometimes he took the stage with Funkmaster Flex and Naughty By Nature. Sometimes you could catch him spinning at Wendy Williams’ Super Bowl party. These days, his circuit is Ideal on Frelinghuysen Avenue – keeping it low-key while also fueling his passion for making people dance.

This month, you can catch Franklin, who has worked for UCC for the past seven years, and a laundry list of other DJs for free at West Side Park on back-to-back weekends for UCC’s House Music in the Park distribution events on Saturday, July 24 and Saturday, July 31.
Vending & resource table space available
For details:
Email: or Call 973-642-0181 ext 5445
The Community Food Distribution (House Music In The Park)
Saturday, July 24, 2021 12pm - 7pm
Saturday, July 31, 2021 12pm - 8pm

Energy Assistance Pop Up
Monday, August 2 - Friday, September 3

BBQ for a Cause
Saturday, August 14 12pm - 6pm
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If you or someone you know are in need of food, baby items, clothing, shelter, energy assistance, pending eviction or mortgage assistance, at risk of lead exposure at home, are a victim of a crime, and/or need youth development activities or young adult vocational training we have a department here to help!
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 Juvenile Justice System reform efforts. 

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.  
UCC's Housing Development
Some are being sold at market rate but others are offered at affordable prices.

**All lots are located in Newark, NJ 07103
UCC Vacant Lots:
  • 38 Blum Street

  • 42 Blum Street 

  • 44 Blum Street

  • 491 South 10th Street

  • 493 South 10th Street

  • 497 South 10th Street

  • 503 South 10th Street

  • 505-507 South 10th Street

  • 511 South 10th Street

  • 513-515 South 10th Street
For More information
UCC YouthBuild is currently offering the CCNA Certification to YouthBuild participants along with assistance in the search of a job placement site.
Additional programs offered include:

  • High School Equivalency Credential
  • Job Skills Development
  • Life Skills Training
  • Case Management
  • Construction Training
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Assistant
With fluctuating community COVID Cases YouthBuild remains a hybrid schedule. Participants are provided breakfast and lunch.
Youth, Family and Senior Services
West Side Park Community Center
We want to give a special shout-out and thank you to Getz Movin for donating 46 pairs of new sneakers for the kids and teens! These are some of the teens reactions to seeing their new sneakers.

For more information on youth programming email:
Housing Assistance
For more details email
Under New Jersey's eviction moratorium, landlords can still jump-start the eviction process and be ready to kick out non-paying tenants the day the moratorium ends. Although Gov. Murphy lifted the public health emergency on June 4, 2021, the moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs are effective until December 31, 2021. As a tenant or home owner you can begin preparing for this process.

For more information on The Rapid Rehousing, Homelessness Prevention and Mortgage Assistance services, visit the link below.

  • Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Lead from paint chips and dust can pose serious health hazards.
  • Sellers must disclose known information on lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards before selling a house.
  • Real estate sales contracts must include a specific warning statement about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead.
Are you at risk of lead-based paint hazards in your home?

Call 973-642-0181 to schedule your FREE at-home Inspection/Risk Assessment
Energy Assistance
UCC’s Energy Assistance Department helps clients receive monetary assistance for electric bills via Universal Service Fund Program (USF), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric Program (PAGE) and the Solar Landscape Program.

If you or someone you know is struggling with energy bills please reach out to our dedicated LIHEAP / USF / PAGE team by calling 973-642-0181
Energy Assistance Locations
Ann Street
106 Ann St
Newark, NJ 07105

NAN Newark Tech World
400 Hawthorne Ave
Newark, NJ 07112

Champion House
933 S 17th St
Newark, NJ 07108

332 S 8th Street
Newark, NJ 07103

Fulton Street Emergency Shelter
31 Fulton Street
Newark, NJ 07102

West Side Park
600 S 17th Street
Newark, NJ 07103
Food and Clothing Pantry
Champion House
UCC continues to partner with over 40 local non profits to expand the distribution of fresh produce and personal care items through out the community.

Food Packages are available for pick up for those in need of food assistance.

For Food Packages, email:
Grantee is a proud partner with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey
***Free 14 Day Food Delivery***
Package is available to households quarantining due to contracting COVID-19
Emergency Services
Victims Assistance Program

The Victims Assistance Program offers holistic support from licensed staff and referrals to partners for individuals who have experienced victimization including one or more of these areas Domestic and/Family Abuse, Elder Abuse or Neglect, Robbery / Sexual Assault, or Bullying (Physical, Cyber, Verbal).
VAP Brochures
Fulton Street Emergency Shelter

UCC’s Fulton Street Emergency Shelter has operated since 1964 serving men and women 18 and older. The emergency shelter currently operates 24/7 to house guests due to the impacts of COVID and with expanded bedding during Code Blue. Guests are introduced to all the resources available at UCC with one-on-one case management and services provided through partnerships such as medical aid and rehabilitation programs.
Newark Hope Village

UCC manages one of the first homeless container villages in NJ and one of few in the country. The Village consists of 20 code-compliant modular residences converted from shipping containers with dorm-style rooms and two structures with private shower rooms and a multipurpose area. Rooms are fitted with a heater / air conditioner, a bunk bed with extra storage and a dresser. Rooms were decorated by members of the Essex County community. Newark Hope Village is one of the first homeless container villages in NJ and one of few in the country designed for safe and respectable living. The project primarily houses homeless individuals from the Penn Station corridor.

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January 2021 - May 2021
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