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Domestic Violence Services: More than a Hotline

Meet Unity House’s Assistant Director of the NYS Domestic and Sexual Assault Hotline and PREA Hotline Casey Helmer came to know Unity House when she accepted an internship in the Domestic Violence Services Program. A criminal justice major, Casey was interested in the intersection of intimate partner violence and the justice system. After receiving her… more

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

Board of Director Profile

Advocate in Action Susan Shipherd came to know Unity House through her friendship with the late Mary Jane Smith and John Lyons. Susan believed in the social justice work the pair were engaged in. Susan and her husband Jim supported Unity House and other causes by attending events, volunteering, and asking others to support the… more

Thanksgiving: This year food insecurity is greater than ever

Rising Costs in Food & Fuel For families facing food insecurity, access to a food pantry and grab-and-go meals can be a lifeline. This is especially true when the impact of  inflation has families making painful spending trade-offs: Do I pay the rent or fill the cupboards? Unity House is proud to partner with neighboring… more

Northeast Career Planning at Unity House (NCP)

Ambassador Program: meaningful work experience

Have you seen the Unity House Ambassadors in downtown Troy? Maybe you saw them helping out at Summer Square, the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market, or directing visitors on their way to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Ambassadors are young adults enrolled in Unity House’s Community Ambassador Program. It is paid work that offers a… more

Are you an Amazon Shopper?

You can help! We love shopping local, but sometimes only the world wide web will do. When that’s the case and you find yourself on Amazon, consider two ways you can help: Start with AmazonSmile. It’s the Amazon foundation that gives a portion of eligible purchases to charities. Unity House has signed up to receive donations… more

Employee Spotlight

People Who Make Life Better Mandy Brown In the photo, Mandy Brown is the brunette in the back, barely visible behind the mountain of toys this trio of donors purchased for kids they ‘adopted’ for the holiday season. It’s all part of our Children’s Holiday Program, which serves approximately 1,100 children across Unity House programs…. more

Tim Pascucci: Director of Procurement

Making a Place Feel Like Home It was an interaction with a small boy that made Tim Pascucci, Unity House’s Director of Procurement, appreciate the challenges and rewards of feeding children: Tim was serving dinner, one of three meals prepared each day at Sojourner Place, Unity House’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. He noticed… 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

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