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Rev. Samuel Mann, Founding Executive of United Inner City Services

United Inner City Services (UICS) has served Kansas City, Missouri’s urban 12th Street Corridor just east of downtown since 1967. With the leadership of its first Executive Director, Rev. Samuel E. Mann, the organization was created to strengthen the health and vitality of its neighboring communities. UICS came to serve as an anchor, connecting families with vital resources for food, rent and utilities assistance, as well as other social services.

In response to a growing demand for high quality childcare from neighboring families, a childcare program began in 1972 with the support of St. Mark Union Church. In 2001, key Kansas City leaders and community partners launched UICS’s capital campaign to erect St. Mark Child & Family Development Center. The state-of-the-art facility on the grounds of UICS opened in 2004 with a distinctive, creative curriculum and a commitment to a highly trained faculty.

St. Mark Center today is the signature outreach of UICS and is recognized as one of Kansas City’s leading early learning programs. The Center serves more than 150 infants and toddlers as well as their families and caregivers.