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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

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

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

The Front Door Opens!

Unity Staff moved in to their new community resource center, The Front Door, located at 2431 Sixth Avenue.  The building will offer enhanced programming that will serve more people in need. At The Front Door are programs such as Bethany @ Unity meals program, the food pantry, a new store (opening soon!), the SEFCU Employment Support Center,… more

Unity House and CEO team up for Holiday Giving

Wonderful “Adopt-A-Family” holiday program off and running! Unity House is proud to team up with neighboring human services organization Commission Economic Opportunity to help families in need this holiday season. The Adopt-A-Family program provides holiday gifts to families in need who are receiving services. Traditionally, generous individual and corporate donors have “adopted” kids, purchasing gifts which were distributed right before the… more

Unity House on GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is a movement to kick off the giving season with a national day of giving on Tuesday, December 3rd. The idea behind Giving Tuesday is for people to come together in service to better their community. Unity House is participating locally by inviting those interested to make a donation to our Capital Campaign…. more

Unity House Looking for Adopters

The Unity House Adopt a Family Program is in need of individuals and groups interested in “adopting” children for the holiday season. With the help of an adult, children fill out a list detailing two wanted items and two needed items. The lists are then adopted out to donors willing to shop for some of the items on the… more

Disoriented by Orientation?

For prospective volunteers, Unity House is pleased to offer monthly info sessions (formerly called Orientation) where people are invited to come learn about Unity House, see its programs and tour The Front Door. These Information Sessions are an informal gathering that take about an hour and offer a chance for people to learn about Unity… more

Solar Panels for The Front Door

Unity House’s new community resource center, The Front Door, located at 2431 Sixth Avenue in Troy, will be powered in part by solar energy. The 27.5 kW solar photovoltaic array on the roof of the building will provide 31,566 kWh’s annually. This array will result in approximately $2,775 of energy cost savings annually (17.31% total savings… more

New Director for Unity Sunshine Program

Susan Rimkunas now Director of Unity Sunshine Program Unity House has promoted Susan Rimkunas to the position of Director of Unity Sunshine Programs. Rimkunas will oversee the organization’s child care, early intervention, special needs, universal pre-k and traveling summer camp programs. Rimkunas has a strong belief in supporting children, emphasizing those who have difficulty learning…. more