A Faith Based Community Benefit Agency
Serving Christ Through Community Services
Ujima Ministries is a 501(c)3 community benefit service agency that is also a New Jersey State Charity, a New Jersey State Certified Faith Based Agency and a New Jersey State Certified Housing Development Organization.
Since 1991, Ujima Ministries has been dedicated to enriching the lives of the people of the New Jersey Capital area through holistic life empowering programming. Ujima Ministries social services are non-sectarian, assisting the poor and disenfranchised, regardless of race, creed or ethnic origin.
We began as a youth outreach which sought to be the embodiment of the African proverb, "It takes a whole village to raise a child." The children and teens served in that initial community outreach selected the organization's name... "Ujima" (pronounced "oo-jee'-ma") is a Swahili word referring to the collective life of a community, working together and assuming responsibility for one another. Swahili is a non-tribal African language that unifies people from different backgrounds with a common tongue. In the same way, Ujima Ministries seeks to build community among those with differing backgrounds. Our "village" approach is aimed at bonding people together for the common good, building an intergenerational, interracial, multi-cultural community which celebrates diversity.
Our main office is located in the Ujima Village on the boarder of Ewing Township and the City of Trenton in New Jersey. The Village is made up of: the Ujima Plaza, which is a 52-unit low and moderate income housing facility for senior and disabled citizens, managed by SERV, our partners in its development; the Ujima Village Christian Church, which is a non-denominational Christian Congregation that grew from the fellowship of those involved in early years of the service agency; and, the Ujima Ministries Center offices and classrooms.