Since opening our doors seven years ago, Ujamaa Place has served over 2,000 mostly men of color. On average, 10 men attend our weekly orientation sessions; many are homeless and unemployed. They all need "living wage" earning jobs. We turn no one away! All of the men who come to Ujamaa Place receive some help. A large percentage of the men enroll in our Ujamaa Place “Theory of Transformation” program.
Ujamaa Place is not a holding place, but a place of new beginnings and transition.
A Ujamaa Man is an African-American male, 18-30 years of age, primarily homeless or living in unstable housing, He is unemployed and has been convicted of a crime, may have 2 or more children and, more often than not, did not graduate from High School. His family roots and background experiences are primarily from the greater St. Paul, MN area.
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Join Ujamaa Place in fostering a healthy community that takes care of each other. Ujamaa men need the support of community to help them through challenging barriers along their transformational journey. Informational sessions are held daily upon request. Orientation is held each Wednesday at 10:00am. Call 651.528.8006 for more information or to schedule a meeting with a Ujamaa coach.
Twin Cities United Way Community Leader of the Year
Otis ZandersOtis Zanders was honored as the Community Leader of the Year at our Night to Unite event on March 30. These remarks are adapted from Dr. Artika Tyner’s remarks at the event.
"If I had to use just three words to describe Mr. Otis Zanders, these are the words I’d choose: Visionary. Compassionate. Servant. Mr. Zanders leads Ujamaa Place, a transformational organization in St. Paul that is disrupting the cycle of incarceration for African American men, and creating new pathways for future success.