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Combined Federal Campaign

Are you a federal employee? Federal employees and retirees can help people in need by participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Each fall, federal employees are invited to donate to their charity of choice by participating in the CFC: the official workplace giving campaign of the Federal Government. The CFC, like the SEFA campaign… more

Farewell to a Dear Friend

In Tribute: Jean Cavallo (1932-2022) In 1978 Jean Cavallo came to work with Mary Jane Smith at Unity House. It was a challenging time for Jean: her husband had become disabled and she had four small children at home. Jean started as a bookkeeper, taking on tasks, doing whatever she could to support the mission…. more

Throwback

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

Children’s Holiday Program Needs help fulfilling Wishes and Needs

Annual holiday program helps over 1,500 children across Unity House programs There are toys, games, balls, books, boots, blankets, and jammies. With the help of many generous elves, Unity House’s Children’s Holiday Program helps children in need have a magical holiday. There are several ways to get involved: buys gifts or host a toy drive… more

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

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