Race Organizers Set Date for ‘The 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

Mary Jane Smith Named Woman of Excellence

Mary Jane Smith, one of the three founders of Unity House in 1971, has been named a Woman of Excellence by the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce. The Women of Excellence Awards are a yearly event in which seven Capital Region women who have achieved success in their professional careers and dedicated themselves to community… more

A Great Gala!

It’s not called the I Love Unity House Gala for nothing! Many thanks to everyone who came out for our gala on Friday, February 12th. We felt the love! It was a terrific night and we were thrilled to honor one of Unity House’s original founders, Ms. Mary Jane Smith. Also honored was the terrific Frank Pitts… more

Purses With Promise

At Unity House, we meet a lot of people interested in volunteering. Most of them are regular folks wanting to make a difference in their community. Every once in awhile an individual knocks our socks off with not just their kindness, but their creativity and compassion. That’s what happened today. A woman named Lisa Carson… more

Columbia Tae Kwon Do Hosts Food Drive

The Unity House food pantry was grateful to receive a generous donation of non-perishable food items for our pantry. The goods were the result of a food drive organized by Mr. Tae Yun, of local Columbia Tae Kwon Do located at 370 Columbia Turnpike in Rensselaer. The studio offers classes to kids and adults alike… more

Times Union features Mary Jane Smith in “Faces of Faith”

Do you read the Times Union’s Faces of Faith column? This short Q & A features a local person of interest. It’s always an interesting read and we are thrilled to see that one of the founders of Unity House, Mary Jane Smith, is featured in today’s paper. You can read the article on the Times… more

Columbia High School Varsity Pep Rally at Unity Sunshine

Students from Columbia High School’s Varsity Football team volunteered at the Unity Sunshine Program’s Albany location for a pep rally in anticipation of Super Bowl 50 this weekend. Children in the program, ranging in ages from 3-5 were treated to mock training drills, football cheers and chants. The children also had fun making football themed… more

Second Hand Clothing a Fashion Statement

Do you like vintage clothing? Or perhaps you shop second-hand stores because you are thrifty. Or maybe you are motivated to keep gently-used clothing out of the waste stream. Some might even shop second-hand to support a cause close to their heart. Still others might be committed to the recycling aspect, not buying into consumerism of… more

Hudson Valley Community College and The Vagina Monologues

The Hudson Valley Community College Theater Club will once again put on a performance of the award-winning show, The Vagina Monologues. The show dates are Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th at 7:30pm at the HVCC Theater. Tickets will be available at the door and are $10. Proceeds from this production will benefit the Unity House… more