Urban Alliance

Who We Are

Listening ears, helping hands, and open hearts

Urban Alliance is a collective impact organization located in East Hartford, Connecticut. Motivated by the love of Christ, as people of faith and hope, we have a deep desire to respond to the brokenness of our Greater Hartford community together in unity, and to help and serve others, even as all of us are in need of help, hope and love.

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Our History

Urban Alliance through the years

2006

Initial dialogues begin with leaders in the community, exploring ways Urban Alliance can partner with organizations to help the people they serve.

2008

Urban Alliance is incorporated and its first staff member is hired.

2009

Urban Alliance moves into its downtown Hartford office at 750 Main Street.

2010

The Urban Alliance network is created and Youth Challenge of CT joins as the first network participant.

2011

Urban Alliance holds its first workshop series entitled “Reaching the Community Together” to connect and equip local churches and organizations for more impactful community-based outreach and service.

Urban Alliance completes its first community research project, The Hartford Survey Project: Understanding Needs and Service Opportunities, by collecting data from more than 400 Hartford households and area churches to assist the UA network and other community stakeholders in better understanding and responding to human service needs in the city of Hartford.

Revitalize is established as Urban Alliance‘s first collaborative initiative, created in response to local churches’ interest in working together to help people in the Hartford community address their physical health needs.

Urban Alliance facilitates a “Christian Counseling Dialogue” series in response to inquiries by area counselors and pastors, leading to the creation of Charis as an initiative to help people become emotionally and relationally healthy by enhancing local care and counseling services.

2013

Urban Alliance facilitates a “Food and Basic Needs Conversation” series which informs the creation of Beyond the Basics as a collaborative initiative to help people gain greater stability and self-sufficiency while addressing basic needs of food, clothing and housing.

Next Generation and Thrive are established as initiatives focused on helping children and youth succeed, after several years of collaborative efforts between Urban Alliance and area churches to strengthen youth-serving programs.

2014

UAServe volunteer program is launched.

2015

Urban Alliance and World Vision move into the new shared facility at 62 Village Street in East Hartford and begin operating out of the office and warehouse spaces.

UAGive philanthropy program is launched.

Today

The Urban Alliance network has grown to more than 75 churches and ministry organizations. Urban Alliance provides capacity-building services to more than 90 programs run by these churches and ministry organizations, that serve approximately 10,000 people per month on average.

Our Values and Principles

every decision is guided by our most fundamental beliefs

Our core values are the foundational ideals that form who we are and that shape our identity. They are the essential, interwoven threads that create the fabric of our organization.

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