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The Old Brick Furniture Company

Good Neighbors The Old Brick Furniture Company is consolidating their business at their Albany location. It looks like exciting things are planned for their former Troy space, but before that could happen, they needed to clear out the showroom. That’s when they thought of Unity House. Old Brick donated several beds, box springs and bedframes to… more

Troy Story: Local Boy Does Good

Good Photography. Good Storytelling. Good Works. Have you seen “Troy Stories” on the web? Maybe you’ve seen the fabulous photography on Instagram, or the engaging stories on Facebook. Or maybe you’ve been to the website of Jesse Gardner, the Troy photographer and designer behind Troy Stories. Similar to ‘Humans of NY’ Troy Stories is localized to… more

10th Annual Run for Help

It’s called a Run for Help in honor of two Capital Region women who lost their lives to domestic violence. Liza Ellen Warner and Nikki L. Hart died in separate instances at the hands of their batterers. For two area groups, the Run for Help and other events throughout the year help raise funds for… more

A Rabbit Walks Into a Pre-School…

Happiness Ensues A very special bunny (read: a beloved volunteer in a rabbit costume) is bringing smiles to little children at Unity House’s three childcare programs. You can read more and see some smiling faces in the Albany Times Union.   About the Unity Sunshine Program Serving children six weeks to five years of age, Unity… more

Stand Against Racism

Unity House stands with the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region April 27th and 28th will mark Stand Against Racism. Unity House will join other organizations to take the Stand Against Racism Pledge. Staff throughout Unity House will be invited to participate in a poster and door decorating contest for staff and guests to view. On… more

Kindness to the Maxx

Staff at Troy’s TJ Maxx on Vandenbrugh Avenue went all out for the children of Unity House’s Sojourner Place. They donated over 30 baskets of Easter goodness to Unity House. Each basket was filled with candy and toys for children to enjoy, and they were each wrapped, many of them with a hair tie securing… more

Unity House’s Dave Warren to speak at DV Conference

District Attorney’s Office Conference Focuses on Domestic Violence The Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office is hosting a conference on April 19th at Hudson Valley Community College. The focus is understanding victim’s rights, medical impact, and prosecution of strangulation cases. Dave Warren, Service Director for Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services program, will speak to the psychological… more

United Rentals Unite for Good Cause

UpLIFTing Collection Drive Brings in Jammies United Rentals, with offices in Clifton Park and Albany, rents the sorts of things you’d never buy: mainly, those lifts you see used in construction and repair work in high-up places. Of course, they also rent a plethora of other tools that are too costly or too specific to… more

Muslim Soup Kitchen Project

Their motto is ‘Creating Unity by Serving Humanity.’ And that’s just what they do. Started at RPI in 2003 by a group of college students who set out to do good, the Muslim Soup Kitchn Project has grown to include volunteers of all ages. The non-profit works to help people, either by volunteering in soup… more

Rensselaer County Honors a Unity House Founder

It was a posthumous honor  when the Rensselaer County Legislature passed a resolution honoring the late Mary Jane Smith at their February meeting. Ms. Smith, along with Regis Obijiski and the late Peter Callaghan founded Unity House in 1971 to serve people in need. The current programs and services on offer at the non-profit human… more