Community Resources

Our Community Resources program, initially called Street Ministry, provides crisis intervention, counseling, emergency food, clothing and house wares, homelessness prevention, pregnancy care, holiday food baskets and gifts.

Community Resources Programs

  • Emergency Assistance

    Emergency assistance is provided to help people meet their basic needs. This assistance can help to prevent an eviction or loss of utilities through negotiated agreements with property owners or utility companies, budget planning, and direct financial support.

    Weekdays, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

  • Employment and Training

    The Employment Program offers supported and competitive employment to adults who have limited employment opportunities, experience or skills including people with disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation services may include Acces-VR funded programs.

    ReStyle, the Unity House thrift store, is one of several training sites for individuals who are looking to obtain necessary skills for competitive employment in other retail outlets.

  • Family and Neighborhood Resource Center

    The Family and Neighborhood Resource Center is a collection of programs dedicated to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people. The program helps individuals and families secure basic resources like food, clothing and shelter as well as supports to foster community interdependence. Classes, such as financial literacy are also available in SEFCU Employment and Training Center.

    Hours of operation are 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, weekdays.


  • Food Pantry/Basics for Babies Pantry

    The Food Pantry provides three-day supplies of food, diapers, formula and baby food to parents in need.  Annually the Pantry provides a holiday meals program, providing groceries for complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for families.

    The food pantry is open weekdays 9:30 am until 3:30 pm, weekdays.

  • Community Meals & Resource Center

    Community Meals serves lunch seven days a week.  All are welcome in our dining room where guests can enjoy a meal at restaurant style seating. Guests are invited to access a wide range of human services through Unity House, including laundry and shower facilities. Our dining room is located on the second floor of Unity House’s Front Door at  2431 Sixth Avenue in Troy.

    A community meal is served weekdays from 11:30 to 1:00 pm.

    Volunteers are always needed in the Unity House kitchen, dining room and food pantry. Consider contacting the Volunteer Desk at (518) 274-2607 x4135 or for more information.


  • ReStyle Thrift Store (Open Weekdays)

    ReStyle is Unity House’s thrift store. The store offers new and used clothing, shoes, and accessories for the whole family at low prices. ReStyle offers items by acting as a “broker” among people who have items to donate and people who have a need for those items. Individuals with an urgent need and no resources to purchase items can seek assistance through our emergency assistance department.

    The store is open weekdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

    ReStyle Store Hours

    Monday – Friday:  11:00 am-3:00 pm
    The store is closed on the weekend.

    ReStyle gladly accepts cash or Visa/Mastercard card for payment. We do not accept American Express.

    All Sales Final. ReStyle cannot accept returns or exchanges.

    *Please call us at (518) 274-2607 before making an in-kind donation to ReStyle. Unfortunately, we cannot pick up donations and we cannot accept donations on the weekend.

    Interested in donating items?

    Spring 2018: Please HOLD your donations of clothes, shoes and accessories while we process current donations.

    A reminder that all donations of clothing must be in season. We cannot accept donations of winter clothing until next winter.

    Starting May 1, we will accept donations of summer clothing.

    Learn more here.

  • NOEP Coordinator

    NOEP = Nutritional Outreach and Education Program

    Unity House has a NOEP Coordinator:  (518) 274-2633 ext. 4108.
    Hours of operation at the Front Door at weekdays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

    The Unity House NOEP Coordinator offers free, confidential services to help people get nutrition assistance. The coordinator can assist with certification and re-certification of SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps.

    The coordinator position is made possible in partnership with Hunger Solutions NY,  a program that manages NOEP in nearly every county in New York State and throughout all boroughs of New York City.

    To find a NOEP Coordinator in a county other than Rensselaer County, please visit the website for Hunger Solutions NY.