Ujima's History

UJIMA Community Development Corporation, Inc. (UJIMA) is a faith and community-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, established primarily to carry out and support social and economic development activities designed to improve the quality of life in its community.  We are located at The Enterprise Center 1922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Winston- Salem, NC 27107.  UJIMA is committed to creating an environment that preserves the health, safety and well-being of under-served senior residents of the City View community in northeastern Winston Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina.


 UJIMA has partnered and continues to partner with Petree Elementary School and the City View Neighborhood since it’s conception.   UJIMA provides human and financial resources to needed programs and projects of the school and the neighborhood.   UJIMA funds continuous training activities of selected teachers of Petree Elementary by covering travel and workshop costs.  Petree Elementary, as well as the City View Neighborhood association, knows that UJIMA is only a phone call away for support.


In 2014 to 2015, UJIMA funded and operated the Kemet Summer Academy.  The goal of the Academy was to reinforce its student’s regular (school curriculum) schoolwork and to provide tutoring and academic assistance where needed.   The Academy was successful; however, it was closed to focus on the current project… providing affordable and quality housing to seniors 62 and over.


Our Plan

Following a two-year visioning process that began in 2007, UJIMA applied for rezoning of property formerly owned by Emmanuel Baptist Church to develop a senior residence community.   The rezoning was approved in 2010.  UJIMA went through a predevelopment process (feasibility, market analysis, research, civil planning, cost analysis, architectural design, etc.) for 5 years.    A project was set forth to complete a 50 unit senior residential retirement community (with a community center building) named Emmanuel Retirement Village.   Phase 1 funding was procured in 2017 and groundbreaking occurred in March 2017.  The goal is to provide quality living for seniors 62 and over in a low to moderate income section of Winston Salem, NC called “City View”.  This project will be unique in this immediate neighborhood and will be the first of its kind (internally subsidized elderly independent living complex, in a predominately African-American neighborhood).


 Recent Progress


  • Construction is underway for 42 units of the 50 units, consisting of the two-story, 28 unit, 1 bedroom apartment building and 7 of the 11 duplex structures.
  • Construction of the 7 duplexes is expected to be completed by Dec 2018
  • The two-story apartment building is slated to be completed by April 2019

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