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Domestic Violence Awareness

Residential Services: emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence

Experienced Leader Oversees Shelter Julie Keegan LMHC, formerly Unity House’s Domestic Violence Clinical Program Director, is now Assistant Director of Residential and Clinical Services. Julie will head up the 33-bed confidential domestic violence shelter. A licensed mental health counselor, Julie will also manage the counseling program, serving adults and youth across the program. Working closely… more

Non-Residential Services Director at DV is a Familiar Face

An Experienced Leader Sarah McGaughnea, formerly head of Outreach & Youth Services at Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services Program is now head of Non-Residential Services in the program. In this role Sarah overseas all facets of service delivery for victims of domestic violence outside of our 33 bed shelter, called residential services. Whether a person seeking… more

Troy Dance Factory Brings Back Choreo Ball!

Troy Dance Factory to host Choreo Ball The Troy Dance Factory is a wonderful place. The classes, dance and fitness, are wonderful and it’s all to be had right in downtown Troy.  Each year they host a Choreo Ball, usually held in The Arts Center for the Capital Region. Also each year, the group thinks… more

Domestic Violence Services Team fosters Valuable Partnerships

Collaborative Approach Meets Needs Best The focus of Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services Program is on creating a welcoming, safe space for all who need help in ending dating and domestic abuse. Their services are free, confidential, and voluntary. The team does amazing, often life-saving work due, in part, to their collaborative approach. It is… more

Community Block Party: a show of support for survivors

Kicking off Awareness Month with free block party that honors community collaboration October is Domestic Violence awareness month. Among other outreach events, the Unity House Domestic Violence Services program will host a Community Block Party. This free event will take place on Saturday, October 9th on Union Street in Troy, NY. Union Street is adjacent… more

It takes generations of heart to make pizza so delicious

Rocco DeFazio puts his heart in to everything he does Whether it’s the signature DeFazio’s pizza that is a Troy treasure, or the annual stickball tournament for kids at Joseph’s House, Rocco doesn’t do anything half way. So it was not too much of a surprise when Rocco reached out to Unity House with an… more

Domestic Violence Services: There when you need them

Help is Always Available Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services Program does A LOT. They have a residential and non-residential program that collaborates with community partners to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence; they offer free legal services to low-income residents of Rensselaer County; they have support groups, cell phones; help with issues around… more

Kayla Treanor: Champion on the field and off

In the world of women’s lacrosse Kayla Treanor is a leader: as a player on the field, as a coach on the sidelines. Kayla is also an advocate for people in need. This summer Kayla will play the sport she loves while being part of a team that champions the civic good. Kayla is playing… more

Employee Spotlight

People who help make life better Totia Harris always knew she wanted to help people, she just wasn’t sure how that would take shape. It was as a student at Russel Sage that she first connected with Unity House and found where she could make an impact.   As part of her research for a… more

Unity House Awarded Grant

Abuse of animals seen as bridge crime Perhaps you are familiar with the link: people who harm animals are more likely to harm people. In the case of beloved pets in households where there is domestic violence, the link is very personal. Abusers can use the threat of harm to a pet as leverage to… more

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