Mr. Alan Voorhees founded the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement in honor of his wife Nathalie in 1978 when he served as dean of the UIC College of Architecture, Arts, and Urban Science. Both were interested in supporting work in neighborhoods. Alan was particularly concerned about economic colonization and the growing divisions by income across our regions.

Since its founding, the Voorhees Center has developed a record and reputation for responding to the technical assistance and research needs of the many community organizations and coalitions in the Chicago area. The memory of Alan and Nathalie and the generosity of the Voorhees family continues to inspire the work of the Voorhees Center.