Since 1919, United Neighborhood Houses of New York has relied on a neighborhood-based, multi-service approach to strengthen families, improve neighborhoods and give a voice to the city’s low-income residents. Today, UNH provides services and support to over a half million New Yorkers through 37 agencies working at more than 400 sites. UNH services include early childhood education, after-school programs, tutoring, teen centers, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, immigration legal services, GED classes, job training, recreation, meals and supportive services for the elderly, drug prevention, mental health counseling, and art, music and drama programs.
Alain Kodsi first began working with UNH in 1998 when he was still at student at Harvard Law School. It was then that he met Emily Menlo Marks, former UNH Executive Director, who inspired Kodsi to start an organization called Code Critical, which worked to raise awareness and funds for non-profits like UNH. In 1990 when Kodsi was working at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, he encouraged law firms to adopt a UNH member settlement house for a day of volunteering and fundraising. It was during one of these service days that Kodsi met Rachel Foster, his future wife. Following their courtship and marriage, the two continue to be fervent supporters of United Neighborhood Houses. Alain has served on the Board of Directors since 2001 and received the UNH annual award for lifetime contribution in 2011. He and his wife were honored as New Yorkers Who Make a Difference for their work with the organization in 2011.