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 in working together, among ourselves and with community partners, that we can meet needs of domestic violence victims. Needs are not only safety, they can extend to housing, employment, childcare, food security, healthcare, and support.
One example of a valuable community collaboration is the work our Domestic Violence Services team does with Noteworthy Resources, a non-profit partner based out of Albany. With their mission to educate, connect & empower, Noteworthy Resources are a natural fit, especially when it comes to targeted Youth Outreach.
As Sarah McGaughnea, Unity House’s Outreach Coordinator explains, “Our work with teens and young adults includes violence intervention services and prevention education. With our partners we offer healthy alternatives to violence and safe places to go. With Noteworthy, examples include skateboarding lessons at the Skate Park in Albany’s Washington Park, meetups at indoor skate parks. as well as empowerment and self esteem building which can decrease rates of victimization by partners and involvement in gangs. The partners we work with” continued Sarah, “are chosen for their ability to amplify our connections and resources. With the rise of gun violence we have seen in our communities, it is more important than ever that we connect with our youth and offer them alternatives and safe connections.”
If you would like to learn more about our youth outreach, our community partners or any service of Unity House, please reach out to (518) 274-2607 x4133. You can also consider volunteering your time or making a gift in support of our Domestic Violence Services Program.