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African American Cultural Center and Unity Sunshine Children

Have you seen young children react when you bring out the African Drums? It’s joy, wonder and movement colliding to result in pure educational fun. At least that’s what it looks like when drummers and dance instructors from the African American Cultural Center visit children in the Albany location of the Unity Sunshine Program. The children, mostly… more

Unity Sunshine Programs: Openings for Childcare

Do you or someone you know need care for your little one? The Unity Sunshine Program has openings for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The program has three locations to choose from: 435 Fourth Street in South Troy 21 First Street in downtown Troy 51 Phillip Street in downtown Albany Unity Sunshine is the program of Unity House that… more

Field Day at Unity Sunshine

Children at Unity House’s three locations of the Unity Sunshine Program, two in Troy and one location in downtown Albany, enjoyed fabulous June weather for Field Day. It was warm and sunny for the children’s outdoor play fest, Field Day, which has become an annual tradition for the school. There bouncy balls, hoppers, an obstacle… more

Unity House Out and About

Maybe you see the Unity House banner at Troy Little League every weekend. Perhaps you ate a hot dog cooked up by Unity House at the recent Freedom Fest at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy. Or maybe you saw Unity House march in the Memorial Day Parade. No matter where you spotted… more

Adults living with HIV/AIDS experience risk for domestic violence

Unity House among awardees who can offer help Living with HIV/AIDS can present many challenges. Adults living with the condition are at greater risk for poverty, eviction and domestic violence. Yet programs that address these risks can encounter difficulty because programs designed to help are often siloed. Having programs each in their own silo – sometimes for good reasons such… more

Doggone Good Deeds at The Front Door

Unity House will welcome PetFlow to The Front Door where the pet food delivery company will make a donation of pet food to the Unity House food pantry. The donation comes via our community partner, the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society. Pets face food insecurity too. Along with diapers, pet food is one of the most… more

Voter Registration Drive at The Front Door

Unity House’s community resource center, The Front Door, will be the site of a Voter Registration Drive on Friday, July 8, 2016. All are welcome to stop in at The Front Door at 2431 Sixth Avenue in Troy, just north of the Hoosick Street Bridge, to register to vote. Hours are 9:00 am to 3:00… more

Mary Jane Smith Recognized

Friday, June 3rd is a proud day for Unity House! Mary Jane Smith, one of the founders of Unity House, is being honored by the Capital Region Chamber as a Woman of Excellence. The awards are a yearly event in which seven Capital Region women who have achieved success in their professional careers and dedicated themselves… more

Childcare Workers Lowest Paid

Chris Burke, CEO of Unity House talks about the serious issues looming ahead for child care centers in New York state.  In his words, “To help moderate income families who do not qualify for child care subsidies but are already struggling to make ends meet, the state should explore how to increase its Child Tax… more

Mary Jane Smith Honored by Justice Studies Association

Mary Jane Smith, one of the founders of Unity House, was honored by the Justice Studies Association at their annual conference in Albany on June 1st. In 1971 Unity House was founded by Regis Obijiski, Peter Calagahan and Mary Jane Smith. The trio were committed to the ideals of social justice and chose to live in a low-income neighborhood in urban Troy… more