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Trainings and Professional Development on Offer

For Your Staff or Organization Unity House offers training on a variety of topics. These presentations are suitable for staff or professional development days when you bring your team together. For more information and a conversation, contact Stefanie Bastien, Director of Development and Communications at (518) 274-2607 x4133 or  

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

Unity House appoints David L. Bach as Chief Executive Officer of Unity House

New Leadership Last year, when Chris Burke announced his plans to retire, the all-volunteer board of directors at Unity House swung into action and started an extensive search for a new Chief Executive Officer. On Thursday, the board announced our new leader, David L. Bach. About our new CEO David served as Associate Commissioner of… more

CEO Chris Burke Makes a Big Anouncement

Unity House CEO announces retirement plans Unity House’s CEO, Chris Burke, announced that he will retire from the role in mid-2022. Only the second Chief Executive Officer in the organization’s 50-year history, Chris has led the organization for more than 30 years. Unity House extends our best wishes to him! Dynamic Leadership “The name Chris… more

Unity House and Northeast Career Plan to Merge

Hope to formalize by year end In a joint statement today the CEOs of Unity House and Northeast Career Planning, two longstanding Capital Region human services organizations, announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that positions them to work toward a merger by the end of 2020. Unity House CEO Chris Burke and… more

Honoring the memory of a beloved founder: Mary Jane Day at Unity House

The late Mary Jane Smith (1928- 2017) helped found Unity House in Troy in 1971. With Regis Obijiski, and the later Peter Callaghan, Mary Jane Smith moved into a low-income neighborhood on 8th Street in Troy to better understand the needs of people living in poverty. Today, Unity House’s programs and services remain true to… more

Thank You KeyBank

KeyBank Supports Unity House and Others KeyBank had a big announcement: the bank is donating 2 million dollars to Capital Region non-profits, Unity House among them. At Unity House, KeyBank’s support will go toward programs that address Food Insecurity. Not having adequate food to feed yourself or your children can be a chronic problem for… more

Martha Lasher-Warner a Jefferson Award Recipient

Recognizing individuals who perform community and public service. The Jefferson Awards are presented at both the national and local levels. Martha Lasher-Warner will be honored locally at a recognition dinner on April 4th. Chris Burke, CEO of Unity House nominated Martha primarily for her service to victims of domestic violence, but there is so much… more

Unity House Supports Troy Central Little League

Look for the Unity House Banner Proud to be among the sponsors of the 2017 season of Troy Central Little League. This year marks the 60th year for this great program that has been teaching and playing America’s Pastime since 1957. Opening Day Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, April 29th at Ingalls Park on 7th &… more

Unity House Urges Raising of Rates

Budget Season in NY State Unity House is joining in the social media campaign to urge NY State Governement to raise the housing program rates for housing programs via the NY State Office of Mental Health. Providers need $28.5M more to provide quality care to consumers. By participating in the social media campaign, Unity House… more