About us


The vision of Ujima is to unite our community through collective work and responsibility. The Ujima foundation’s aim is to offer hope towards a healthy, safe and stable living for youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties.


To operate a 24 hour residential therapeutic program for  10 “at risk” young males ages 8-14 who have been diagnosed with an emotional or behavioral disorder, in collaboration with an "After-school Day Treatment Program" ages 8-14 as well.


The population includes youth with the following conditions but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Conduct disorders
  • First and minor offenders
  • Drugs and alcohol addiction
  • Runaways
  • Emotionally abused
  • Sexually abused
  • Mild Psychiatric diagnosed youth

Duration of the program:

The duration of the therapeutic program is a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months. The length of stay in the program is determined by an individualized treatment plan based on the needs of each client.

Referral based

The Ujima facility is open to referral from a variety of organizations. 


The overall goals of the Ujima Therapeutic Facility are:

  • To adequately diagnose and treat emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youths ages 8-14 years males and females.
  • To matriculate at risk youths back into the society as psychologically healthy and emotionally stable individuals.
  • To decrease repetitive delinquent behavior and criminal activity among the high risk youths.
  • To help them develop adequate coping skills, problem-solving skills as well as a healthy development of self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • To help them develop a sense of safety, belonging, self-worth, trust and understanding from family members and the community.
  • To develop and re-enforce positive family dynamics and to teach adequate parenting skills.
  • To help develop a sense of spirituality and a connection to a higher power.