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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

Chess in Barker Park!

Chess in the City   Casual Chess Play and Free Lessons in Troy   Where:  Barker Park Corner of 3rd and State Streets, Troy, NY Tuesdays, July 3rd through August 27th Casual Chess from 11am to 1pm     Organized and run by “Make the Right Move”, an organization that has promoted chess for kids… more

The Front Door Gala

Unity House has set a date of October 19th for The Front Door Gala to commemorate the grand opening of new offices and community resource center at 2431 Sixth Avenue and the Hoosick Street Bridge.  Guests will be invited to join Unity House as they honor the leadership donors to the Unity House Capital Campaign, those… more