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New Volunteers for the Unity House Board of Directors

A Warm Welcome Volunteers are vital to the fulfillment of the Unity House mission. Among the most dedicated of volunteers are those who serve on the Unity House Board of Directors. This dedicated team works individually and collectively to share their time, talent, and treasure. They exemplify the highest commitment to the people we serve…. more

Mural Proposal: Employ local artists to connect with youth in Lansingburgh

Public Art as a means to engage, create, and heal The proposed mural would bring youth, local artists, and neighborhood stakeholders together for the community to create a mural. The mural would help memorialize recent neighborhood children who became victims of gun violence. Artists on Board: We are grateful to the below artists who have… more


Times Record newspaper article, August 4, 1973 By Mary Lou Sims, Lifestyle Editor From a 1973 Troy newspaper article we recently discovered: a piece on the late Mary Jane Smith who, along with the late Peter Callagahan and Regis Obijiski, founded Unity House in 1971. This article makes reference to the great needs at the… more

Kiwanis: Improving the World

One child, one community at a time Kiwanis has a big mission: improve the world. It sounds daunting but local chapters take it in stride, focusing on what they can do where they are, with neighbors and each other. We get to see this up close through the various Kiwanis chapters that help Unity House,… more

Chi Phi Fundraiser

RPI Fraternity Gives Back Members of the Theta Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity on the RPI campus in Troy could not do many of their usual service projects due to the need for social distancing. The group moved to online support, as a way to give back and make a difference in their community…. more

Deferred Gifts

Do you have a small life insurance policy through your employer or faith community? That small policy can make a big difference to the people we serve at Unity House. You can make Unity House the beneficiary –knowing that someday your kindness will be celebrated, and you will be helping people in need. If this… more

After Christmas: a poem by Howard Thurman

“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the… more

For victims of Domestic Violence, pandemic exacerbates

Now more than ever, access to help is key WRGB’s Liz Bishop speaks about the importance of help for victims of domestic violence, who may experience greater stress during the holidays. Of course, everything seems to be made more extreme by the pandemic and the economic fallout caused by it. You can read and hear… more

NY Teachers Making a Difference

Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Become Survivors Many thanks to NYSUT, the NY State Union of Teachers for the generous support of Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services program. During the pandemic, calls to DV Hotlines, including that of DV, have spiked as people have sheltered at home. Confinement, stress, lost wages, and even having children… more

Updates in ReStyle, the Unity House store

Limited access starting Monday, March 16th The Unity House store, ReStyle, is stocked with clothes, shoes and accessories. In the interest of public health, the store will limit access. People who present a need for clothing can still be served but they are advised to call ahead and set up an appointment to pick up… more