Our Story

Agency Background

Unified Vailsburg Services Organization was founded in 1972 by a neighborhood coalition of clergy, civic leaders and concerned Vailsburg residents to manage change and address service shortages in the community. To achieve this mission, we provide a comprehensive program of services for children, teens, families, and senior citizens as well as encourage neighborhood improvement through community outreach and housing development.

In 2013, UVSO provides daily services to an average of 1,000 local people of all ages. In addition to its service programs, the agency has developed 180 units of housing and 55,000 square feet of commercial space, owns and manages 17 buildings in the community, and works with an active network of block associations that extends throughout Vailsburg.

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UVSO Quick Facts
  • 501(c)(3)-designated, human services and community development agency
  • Mission: to create a stable and compassionate community
  • Serving the Vailsburg community in the West Ward of Newark since 1972
  • Serves an average of 1000 local residents daily, of all ages
  • Provide comprehensive programs that encourage neighborhood improvement through community outreach and housing development
  • Has developed over 180 units of housing and over 55,000 square feet of commercial space
  • Owns and manages 17 buildings in the community
  • Works with an active network of block associations that extend throughout the West Ward
  • Staff of 150