Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI)
Urban Dynamics Institute has been serving the Waterbury, Connecticut area as a non-profit institution for over 101 years. Originally founded as The Pearl Street Neighborhood House, the agency's name was changed to Urban Dynamics Institute in the mid-1990s. Although originally a provider of community recreational services, UDI has expanded into offering other community outreach programs, including an African-American Scholarship, Affordable Housing Program, and Safe Streets Initiative. Our mission is to foster a strong sense of community between socially, economically and ethnically diverse groups in the Waterbury area.
Board of Directors
UDI is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors whose volunteer members include: President, Hubie Williamson; Kofi-Buaku Atsina; Joseph Ballenger; Iona Black; Bryan Heron; Barbara Morton; Shirley Nwachukwu; and Ozzie Phillips. Barbara DeBaptiste serves as honorary emerita founder and board adviser.
UDI also wishes to thank Michael Maupin
, President of the Mautiste Investment Group
, as a long-time contributor to UDI and advisor to the UDI Impact Housing program.
2011 Membership Drive
Become a UDI Member
and support the recreational activities and community-based programs offered by UDI. Please note that contributions made to UDI are tax deductible.
UDI Sponsored Programs
- Affordable Housing Impact Program
UDI serves as an advocate for affordable housing opportunities in the greater Waterbury area.
- Community Wellness Program
UDI provides healthcare information, before and during all programs and activities sponsored by UDI. We are looking forward to creating a community garden to make good food choices available within the neighborhoods that we serve.
- Neighborhood Mentoring Program
In conjunction with the Department of Education, Police, and Fire Departments, UDI is helping to provide quailty programs to families by putting them in touch with educational, social, cultural and recreational programs that lend themselves to the development of a better community.
- Open Mic Forums
UDI provides topical information on subjects of importance to the community by hosting debates that offer choices and opportunities to communities. Through this program, UDI also offers public meetings on important subjects, including housing, education, crime, transportation, jobs, global-warming, recreation, healthcare and taxes.
- Match-Point Tennis Program
UDI and Webster Bank continue to provide quality tennis to youth and adults, and encourage young people to join school and recreational tennis programs for proper instruction.
- Cross Country Summer Trip
UDI sponsored a 3 1/2 week summer trip 35 years ago for at-risk children to see the landscape of the Grand Canyon! Plans are now in motion for future trips.