Paul is a Ujamaa Man. He was abandoned at birth and grew up in the foster care system. Upon his release, he found himself back in the same impoverished community with the lure of negative behavior surrounding him. A friend told him about Ujamaa Place and while looking through their website he noticed a picture of President/CEO Otis Zanders, who had been his Warden during his incarceration at Red Wing. Paul thrived under Otis Zanders' leadership and mentorship at Red Wing and knew he had to check out Ujamaa Place.
Paul immediately went to Ujamaa Place and enrolled in the Theory of Transformation. Listen to Paul tell his story of transformation. Today, Paul is employed full-time at Ujamaa Place as a housing coordinator and a youth mentor who volunteers his time in the community to help youth find their pathway to greatness with resources and tools that help them navigate challenging blocks in their road.
Rock the Schools Podcast Episode 99 | Facing Education and Criminal Justice with Corey Stewart and Paul Laumer from Ujamaa Place
Paul Laumer tells his Ujamaa Story to local policy makers in this short video filled in 2016.
About Ujamaa Place
Ujamaa Place transforms marginalized men through education and training to assist them with gainful employment that keeps them out of prison and in safe housing. Since opening its doors seven years ago, Ujamaa Place has served over 2,000 black men – 18 – 30 years old. All of the men who come to Ujamaa receive help. Some of the men enroll in Ujamaa's five step Theory of Transformation program. Some are referred to appropriate mental and chemical health services. The homeless are housed at Ujamaa's housing facilities or sent to partner housing facilities and all receive GED assistance and job skills training. These men are offered hope, support and the love that has been missing in their lives. For more information, go to: ujamaaplace.org.