About UNS

UNS envisions a community where residents are informed, empowered, and well-prepared to achieve personally-determined goals for them and their families.

Urban Neighborhood Services building

History

Urban Neighborhood Services, Inc. (UNS) is a grass-roots 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization offering a spectrum of vital programs and services to traditionally underserved residents in Coney Island and other surrounding communities in Southern Brooklyn. We are delighted to also serve individuals from all over New York City. Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS) was founded in 2004 by Coney Island resident Dr. Mathylde Frontus (Dr. Frontus was elected to the NYS Assembly to represent Coney Island in 2018). 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.  After Dr. Frontus’ departure in 2016, UNS subsequently dissolved as an independent nonprofit corporation. Recognizing the importance of UNS to the Coney Island community, Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI – www.jccgci.org) assumed responsibility for UNS’ programs and services in July of 2016. Samantha Ross serves as the project director.

People at a UNS educational event

Our Vision

Urban neighborhood Services envisions a community where residents are informed, empowered, and well-prepared to achieve personally-determined goals for them and their families.

Samantha Ross

Samantha Ross was born and raised in Coney Island and is extremely passionate about the Coney Island community.  Samantha previously worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff for  Council Member Mark Treyger and Director of Constituent Services for Council Member Ari Kagan.

She remains committed to developing programs that empower communities and improve their conditions.

Connie Jones

Program Coordinator

Mark Ross

Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Flores

Program Assistant

Tamara Saucer

Program Assistant