In 1997, Linda F. Parham came to the City of Worcester with hopes of starting a new life. As an entrepreneur, she started Skills Group Center, Inc., an outreach for the people of color in the Central Massachusetts area. Skills Group Center, Inc. was born out of a community need for trained, educated, and self-sufficient residents in Worcester.
An idea, passion and commitment to help people ignited the humble beginnings of the organization at the kitchen table of Ms. Parham. At the time of it’s inception, Ms. Parham felt it was better for the organization to focus on specific demographics rather than focus on all community residents. However, she decided that even though the services and opportunities were primarily developed to answer the needs of people of color, no person would be turned away due to their race, nationality, religion, ethnicity, or gender.
In 2012, Skills Group Center changed its name to UNITEY Community Development Corporation. UNITEY CDC is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The organization’s concept is one that initiates, promotes, and fosters education, human and social service, economic development, and, affordable housing. Through public and private collaborations and mentorship, our programs will produce a positive and sustaining impact in the lives of youth and young adults who reside in low to moderate income communities within the City of Worcester.