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.

Effective June 4th, Community Resources hours of operation will change to improve access. Please make note of the new hours, which include Select Saturday access one Saturday a month.

Monday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
Tuesday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
Wednesday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
Thursday 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Select* Saturdays

*Select Saturdays
Unity House’s Community Resources Program is open one Saturday a month.
From 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Community Resources and ReStyle, the Unity House store, are open.
Free community meal served 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
Please make note of the 2018 Select Saturday dates:

May 19 September 29
June 30 October 27
July 28 November 17
August 25 December 15

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.

    Hours of operation:

    Monday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Tuesday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Wednesday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Thursday 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Friday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Select* Saturdays

    *Select Saturdays
    Unity House’s Community Resources Program is open one Saturday a month. From 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Community Resources and ReStyle, the Unity House store, are open.
    Free community meal served 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
    Please make note of the Select Saturday dates:

    May 19 September 29
    June 30 October 27
    July 28 November 17
    August 25 December 15

     

  • 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:

    Monday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Tuesday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Wednesday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Thursday 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Friday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Select* Saturdays

    *Select Saturdays
    Unity House’s Community Resources Program is open one Saturday a month. From 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Community Resources and ReStyle, the Unity House store, are open.
    Free community meal served 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
    Please make note of the Select Saturday dates:

    May 19 September 29
    June 30 October 27
    July 28 November 17
    August 25 December 15

     

     

  • 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.

    Hours of operation:

    Monday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Tuesday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Wednesday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Thursday 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Friday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Select* Saturdays

    *Select Saturdays
    Unity House’s Community Resources Program is open one Saturday a month. From 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Community Resources and ReStyle, the Unity House store, are open.
    Free community meal served 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
    Please make note of the Select Saturday dates:

    May 19 September 29
    June 30 October 27
    July 28 November 17
    August 25 December 15

     

  • 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.

    Hours of operation:

    Monday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Tuesday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Wednesday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Thursday 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Friday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (closed from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM)
    Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Select* Saturdays

    *Select Saturdays
    Unity House’s Community Resources Program is open one Saturday a month. From 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Community Resources and ReStyle, the Unity House store, are open.
    Free community meal served 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
    Please make note of the Select Saturday dates:

    May 19 September 29
    June 30 October 27
    July 28 November 17
    August 25 December 15

    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 Volunteer@UnityHouseNY.org 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.

    ReStyle Store Hours

    Monday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Tuesday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Wednesday: 10:00 am – 3:00
    Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Friday:  10:00 am-3:00 pm

    One Saturday a month

    2018 Saturday Schedule:
    May 19
    June 30
    July 28
    Aug 25
    Sept 29
    Oct. 27
    Nov 17 (pre Thanksgiving)
    Dec 15

    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.

    Interested in donating items?

    Spring 2018: A reminder that all donations of clothing must be in season. We cannot accept donations of winter clothing until next winter.

    Learn more here.

  • NOEP Coordinator

    NOEP = Nutritional Outreach and Education Program

    Unity House has a NOEP Coordinator:  (518) 274-2633 ext. 4108.

    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.

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