United Communities Southeast Philadelphia has a long and rich tradition of service to children, adults and families residing in Southeast Philadelphia. United Communities was established in 1969 through the merger of three settlement houses that date back to 1847. For the past 45 years, United Communities has carried out the original settlement mission to promote the educational and economic advancement of individuals and families within its host neighborhoods.
Today, our mission is to work in partnership with the various communities for social and economic justice and to foster harmony for building self-sustaining communities through:
- Advocacy that promotes member participation and leadership
- Economic Programs for enhancing community development
- Social Programs supporting individual and family well-being
- Educational opportunities that advance skill development and knowledge
United Communities currently operates two facilities, each of which serves as a major hub for community resources and spirit in three very low income, diverse areas of Southeast Philadelphia: the Houston Center (8th Street and Snyder Avenue) and Southwark House (Front & Ellsworth Street). In addition, United Communities also operates afterschool programs at the Sharswood Elementary, Southwark Elementary, and Fell Elementary and Furness High Schools.
Through our years of service we have established and maintained strong relationships with local schools and community-based organizations. In the past several years, United Communities has been an active participant in the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative. This participation has enabled United Communities to enhance its programming for youth, further our partnerships with other organizations, and increase the visibility of our agency.