During this COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Ujamaa Place is committed to protecting the health and safety of the 250 men we are currently serving and the community in which we live. Young African American men come to Ujamaa Place having had contact with the criminal justice system, homeless, unemployed and with education deficiencies.

We find ourselves needing to work creatively to continue providing our men Ujamaa’s Theory of Transformation pillars: housing, employment and education training, meals and crisis coaching. We are incredibly grateful for our staff who are making necessary housing and program delivery changes required under Governor Walz’s “Shelter in Place” mandate. Our men will be restricted to the housing Ujamaa has available. We will deliver men meals seven days a week.

To keep our men on their transformational tracks, Ujamaa must expand our current technology and other tools. Remote Learning will be challenging for our men who rely on sharing their meals together and the companionship of their Ujamaa Brothers. We also must equip our staff and the Ujamaa houses everything they need to keep our men heathy and safe.

We anticipate that the costs of delivering meals 7 days a week (2x per day), adding technology to the houses for remote programming and making sure the homes are properly sanitized to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to exceed $200,000 that was not budgeted in 2020. If you are in a position to help, we would be grateful for any amount you can give. Your support is essential and deeply appreciated.

Our thoughts are with you and your family and anyone impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic crisis.   On behalf of the staff, Ujamaa men, Board of Directors, supporters and volunteers, WE THANK YOU. 


Otis Zanders
President/CEO 


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by Ujamaa Place


During this COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Ujamaa Place is committed to protecting the health and safety of the 250 men we are currently serving and the community in which we live. Young African American men come to Ujamaa Place having had contact with the criminal justice system, homeless, unemployed and with education deficiencies.

We find ourselves needing to work creatively to continue providing our men Ujamaa’s Theory of Transformation pillars: housing, employment and education training, meals and crisis coaching. We are incredibly grateful for our staff who are making necessary housing and program delivery changes required under Governor Walz’s “Shelter in Place” mandate. Our men will be restricted to the housing Ujamaa has available. We will deliver men meals seven days a week.

To keep our men on their transformational tracks, Ujamaa must expand our current technology and other tools. Remote Learning will be challenging for our men who rely on sharing their meals together and the companionship of their Ujamaa Brothers. We also must equip our staff and the Ujamaa houses everything they need to keep our men heathy and safe.

We anticipate that the costs of delivering meals 7 days a week (2x per day), adding technology to the houses for remote programming and making sure the homes are properly sanitized to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to exceed $200,000 that was not budgeted in 2020. If you are in a position to help, we would be grateful for any amount you can give. Your support is essential and deeply appreciated.

Our thoughts are with you and your family and anyone impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic crisis.   On behalf of the staff, Ujamaa men, Board of Directors, supporters and volunteers, WE THANK YOU. 


Otis Zanders
President/CEO