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Unity House Launches Capital Campaign

Unity House officially began construction of its new community resource center, The Front Door, which will be an integral part of the Troy community, allowing Unity House to provide enhanced services for people in need throughout Rensselaer County.   “We are confident that The Front Door will contribute to the improvement, safety and stabilization of… more

Construction Starts on The Front Door

Unity House is pleased to announce the official start of constuction of The Front Door, a community resource center located at their site at 2431 Sixth Avenue in Troy.  The building is part of Unity House’s Capital Campaign, an effort to raise $8 million to build The Front Door as well as Sojourner Place, a… more

Mary Jane Smith to be honored as a Woman of Distinction

We’ve known it all along: Mary Jane Smith is a Woman of Distinction! Senator Neil Breslin will be honoring Ms. Smith for her work with Unity House. The ceremony will take place on May 7th at The Capitol. Long retired from Unity House, Mary Jane Smith has remained a tireless advocate for people in need. When… more

New Director of Poverty Services Named!

Unity House has named Christine Nealon to the position of Director of Poverty Services. Starting in late April, Ms. Nealon will oversee the Bethany @ Unity congregate meals program, the Unique Boutique Thrift Store, the food pantry and other forms of assistance for people needing help with life’s essentials. It’s an exciting time for our… more

The Howard & Bush Foundation to Match Gifts to Unity House Capital Campaign

Unity House Capital Campaign to Benefit from Howard & Bush Foundation Challenge Troy, N.Y. – The Howard & Bush Foundation has lent its support to Unity House’s Capital Campaign by agreeing to match new campaign donations dollar for dollar up to $250,000. For every dollar donated or pledged to Unity House, the foundation will provide… more

Mary Jane Smith Honored by NY Senate as a Woman of Distinction

Unity House co-founder Mary Jane Smith honored as New York State “Woman of Distinction”   (Troy, N.Y.) – Mary Jane Smith, co-founder of Unity House, received a New York State “Women of Distinction” Award for 2013 from Senator Neil D. Breslin at a ceremony held today at the Legislative Office Building. The award is given… more

Unity House’s Front Door Progress

Unity House’s Front Door at Sixth Avenue and the Hoosick Street Bridge in Troy is making great progress.  The community participated in a ‘Topping Off’ ceremony whereby the last steal beam was put in place, effectively “topping off” the structure.  Staff, construction crew, supporters and neighbors were on hand to sign the beam before it was… more

Savvy Chic Opens Downtown

Savvy Chic is a summertime pop-up boutique specializing in previously-loved women’s wear. You can donate the higher-end pieces from your closet to Savvy Chic, shop for new clothes at Savvy Chic and even volunteer to help staff the store (you’ll get first dibs!).  The store is located on Second Street in downtown Troy, near Broadway.  Hours are:… more

We’re Looking for YOU to Volunteer!

Interested in helping out?   Savvy Chic, the Unity House boutique that sells previously loved designer labels for women, is looking for volunteers to staff the store during mid-day hours.  Located in downtown Troy, the store is a great opportunity for someone interested n working from 11-3 or 1-4 in a fun setting.  Afterwards, walk… more

First Niagara Supports UnityHouse Food Pantry

First Niagara Financial Group has made a $5,000 donation to Unity House, providing an early start to the organization’s 2013 Hunger Appeal, which supplies groceries for Thanksgiving and December holiday dinner baskets to approximately 1,000 families in need.   “Unity House is committed to making sure individuals and families in need don’t go hungry,” said… more