The Union City Family Support Center was established in 1997 by a community committee that wanted to meet the needs of this rural low income population. The UCFSC moved to the current location in 1999. The Center is based in a rural Southeast Erie County community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a high rate of unemployment and intergenerational poverty. Transportation is a major obstacle in obtaining needed mental health and social services.
Increased financial strain on families due to loss of major industries in the area, and increases in fuel prices have all but wiped out the ability for these families to have access to dependable transportation. Public transportation is extremely limited and ineffective. Many in the community have limited resources and have achieved minimal academic achievement. The Center was started with the vision of bringing services, training, and providers to this needy community.