A SHARED VISION

In early 2008 Chautauqua County community residents came together with the same vision. The members came from all walks of life; ministry, law enforcement, community members, business men and women, and agency providers. That group shared a vision of a stronger community created through Christian guidance, instruction, and support for ex-offenders. United Christian Advocacy Network (UCAN) was formed from the shared vision.

Chautauqua County community residents came together with the same vision of a stronger community created through Christian guidance, instruction, and support for ex-offenders.

Seeking a Stronger Community

UCAN then began to engage and meet with county officials, town officials, law enforcement, zoning boards, educational institutions, church congregations, and interested community members.

Through this discussion the community at large supported the need for this program in our area. A Board of Directors was formed and not-for-profit status was acquired for UCAN.

UCAN’s initial desire was to establish a supportive transitional housing unit for males recently released from jail and prison. The housing program will work hand in hand with the day program. Lack of resources and funding had influenced the Board of Directors to switch gears and start with a day program because of the push from the community to start this program.

In January 2017, UCAN acquired the former Union Gospel Mission at 7 West First Street in Jamestown and we are now able to provide emergency housing for homeless men as well as temporary residence for those who desire to participate in our long-term programming.

On April 10, 2017, UCAN City Mission officially opened its doors, and through the generous donations and support of individuals, groups, churches, organizations, and businesses, we have been able to serve “the least, the last, and the lost” in this capacity ever since.