Here's how donors helped Ujamaa men achieve success in 2017:
- Stability: Housing, education and employment opportunities that resulted in a 2% recidivism rate, versus a 74% rate nationally for young Black men.
- Education: GED classes, construction certification training, film production classes, financial literacy training and Nonviolence365, a 2-day education and certification workshop facilitated by The King Center, based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s methodology on nonviolence.
- Health & Wellness: Healthcare insurance is available to all Ujamaa men who need it, enabling them to address physical, behavior health and wellness needs. One of the key pillars in Ujamaa Place's "Theory of Transformation", health & wellness is wrapped around each young man enrolled in the Ujamaa Place ToT program.
- Crisis Care: Ujamaa Place added 4 new coaches to its team of 4, with a total of 8 coaches available to the men 24/7 to support their journey out chronic homelessness, unemployment and systemic barriers that cause hopelessness and despair that results in men re-entering the penal system. Coaches facilitate the stabilization and are there to support Ujamaa men every step of the way through their transformational journey.
- Belief: "Belief" and "Will" is at the heart of the Ujamaa Place Theory of Transformation in a culturally-centric program that has proven methods that give Ujamaa men the tools and resources required to transform their lives, while saving taxpayers thousands of dollars per man enrolled, compared to a criminal justice system that incarcerates young black men at a significantly higher rate than white men.
- Community: Ujamaa Place engages the community in addressing economics, racial disparities and education by advocating for criminal justice reform to a system that places unjust barriers on young black men.