Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS) was founded in 2004 by Coney Island resident, Mathylde Frontus. The non-profit organization was conceived by the founder as a vehicle to effect positive change and address social needs in the community, which had been historically under-served.
During its first few years, UNS planned for future activities by holding focus groups and open forums with local residents in order to gain perspective on the compelling issues that matter most to the community.
In June of 2008, the organization moved into its first office space after offering seasonal programming for the first few years. It was soon propelled into a more prominent role in the community and currently offers an array of important programs and services.
In July 2016, UNS merged with JCC GCI as an affiliate project. Shirley Juste was welcomed as the new site director in November 2016.
Urban Neighborhood Services seeks to address the quality-of-life disparities endemic to urban communities like Coney Island by connecting individuals and families to the resources that they need as a form of empowerment. We also collaborate with local residents and stakeholders helping to create a better neighborhood for all.
Urban neighborhood Services envisions a community where residents are informed, empowered, and well-prepared to achieve personally-determined goals for them and their families.