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Twenty Five Years as CEO of Unity House

Where were you in 1991? You weren’t on your smart phone, there were no YouTube sensations, and very few people were talking about self-driving cars! A lot has changed in the last 25 years but, for Unity House, one thing has endured: our CEO, Chris Burke. Chris will mark 25 years on April 30th as the leader of Unity… more

Earth Day Activities at Unity Sunshine Program

Unity House’s daycare and preschool programs are operated out of three locations, two in Troy and one in Albany. Children at each location will enjoy a variety of activities for Earth Day. The program serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age, offering daycare, preschool and Universal Pre-kindergarten in a partnership with the… more

Unity House and the Peaceful Families Project

Domestic Violence is a complex issue. One that requires community collaboration to address. But what about when there are cultural sensitivities or stigma attached to the topic of DV, as domestic violence is often called? At Unity House, the Domestic Violence Services program strives toward community collaboration at all levels while recognizing how violence presents in… more

The Value of Shared Experience

PROS Program and Peer Support: Tools for Recovery from Mental Illness Unity House’s is proud to announce that Chris Hastings, a staff member in the Personalized Recovery Oriented System (PROS), will be a speaker at the upcoming SUNY School of Social Welfare’s event, ‘Experts by Experience’ on Thursday, April 7th. The evening features personal narratives of recovery in mental… more

Unity Sunshine’s Special Visitor!

The Spring Bunny came to the Unity Sunshine Program the week of March 2st. Children were delighted to meet this classic harbinger of Spring. They sat with the bunny and talked all about spring. The annual visit of the Spring Bunny to children in Unity House’s Unity Sunshine Program is part of the spring curriculum… more

ReStyle to host Writer’s Workshop

ReStyle, the store at Unity House that sells gently used clothing to savvy shoppers, will host writer and author Diane Cameron as she leads a writer’s workshop, Clothes Tell a Story, on April 7. This one night event is for women who loves clothes and want to do more writing! Participants will write about clothes, shopping, spirituality & style…. more

Spring Bunny Hops into Unity Sunshine Program

Children at the Unity Sunshine Program will receive a visit from the Spring Bunny! There will be an opportunity for a photo and each child will receive a special gift that will encourage literacy. Unity House’s Unity Sunshine Program serves children ages 5 weeks to 5 years, offers daycare, preschool and UPK in coordination with… more

Unity House Founder a Jefferson Award Finalist

Mary Jane Smith, one of three who founded Unity House in 1971, has been named a finalist for the Jefferson Awards. The Jefferson Awards are a well respected recognition system honoring individuals who perform community and public service. The Jefferson Awards are presented at both the national and local levels. Mary Jane Smith will be honored… more

Expanded Hours at The Front Door

Food Pantry and ReStyle to stay open until 7:00 pm on Thursdays! Unity House’s community resource center, The Front Door on Sixth Avenue, has expanded its hours to better serve people who come to Unity House for help. The Front Door, opened in 2013, consolidated many of Unity House’s human services under one roof while its… 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