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
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
Gearing up for GALA!
The I Love Unity House Gala is just two weeks away!Volunteers and staff are busy putting the final touches on the I Love Unity House Gala. The event will be on Friday, February 12th at the beautiful Pat’s Barn in the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy. It’s a lovely venue and a fitting one for… more
Family Zumba Night a Hit!
Zumba for Parents and Children at Unity Sunshine Program It was cold outside but warm inside as we zumba’d our way to fun and fitness! Thanks to Zumba instructor Geraldine Reed, children at Unity Sunshine Program and their families enjoyed a free Zumba class. Kids love to dance and parents love an activity the whole family can… more
Blanketed with Love
Twill: Two is better than one Local blanket company, Twill, makes the softest blankets. Blankets that you just want to curl up in, offering warmth that is especially welcome at this time of year. Twill blankets, however, are not just nice blankets. Their tagline “Buy One, Give One” sums up the idea: you buy one of their… more
When people living with mental illness interact with the police
Check out this powerful Op Ed piece on the sometimes tragic encounters between police officers and a person who is mentally ill. This piece speaks to the need for trauma-informed care when dealing with people in need- whether in crisis or not.
Black Sheep Have Heart of Gold
Black Sheep, a Cross Fit box in Albany, coordinated a December food drive to benefit the Unity House food pantry. Delivered in the first week of January to the pantry at The Front Door at 2431 Sixth Avenue, Black Sheep managed to collect a lot of food for families in need. Just one of several… more