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Deferred Gifts

Do you have a small life insurance policy through your employer or faith community? That small policy can make a big difference to the people we serve at Unity House. You can make Unity House the beneficiary –knowing that someday your kindness will be celebrated, and you will be helping people in need. If this… more

NEW Socks and Underwear Needed

What do you need? How can we help? When people come to Unity House’s community resource center, these are among the questions we ask. We try our best to help people with life’s essentials. Most often these needs are around food and housing. It’s wonderful when we can help someone by packing up a 3-5… more

Troy/Rensselaer CROP Hunger Walk: it’s on for 2021

Unity House again forms a team – you can join us! The Troy Area United Ministries (TAUM) is once again hosting our area’s CROP Hunger Walk, an event that raises awareness of and support for programs that address food insecurity around the world. This year, the event is likely to be more of a DIY… more

Employee Spotlight

People who help make life better Etta Benbow may be new to Unity House but she is not new to human services. Etta came to work at our Front Door community resource center in Troy after Unity House merged with Northeast Career Planning (NCP) in Menands. Etta worked for 30 years for NCP, originally called The Workshop, which started… more

Mary Jane Day at Unity House: Friday, May 14th

Honoring a Legacy of Caring The late Mary Jane Smith was one of three founders of Unity House. Back in 1971, Mary Jane, Regis Obijiski and Peter Callagahan founded the organization in response to the needs of people living in poverty. Even after she retired from Unity House Mary Jane continued to support the organization… more

A Super Logo to Celebrate a Super Anniversary

Unity House to celebrate 50th Anniversary in 2021-2022 As we finalize plans for our 50th anniversary celebration, we are thrilled to unveil a new anniversary logo that celebrates a half century of service. Unity House’s iconic green logo incorporating the words unity and house with a roof overhead was originally created in 1971 by a volunteer, John Baackes,… more

Employee Spotlight

People who help make life better When we asked Assistant Service Director of Housing and Support Services Margaret Arias for the name of a colleague for our Employee Spotlight feature, Margaret refused. Her team had just come out of what seemed like perpetual quarantine. They all deserve the spotlight! Social distance, quarantine, limited options, and… more

United Way of the Greater Capital Region makes Workplace Giving EASY!

Online portal even allows for directing support to agencies like Unity House Making a donation to the United Way helps in lots of ways. Donors can choose to make a one-time donation, or opt for payroll deduction, spreading their support throughout the year. You an also designate your dollars to support causes you care about… more

January 18th is National Day of Service: DIY in 2021

MLK Day as a National Day of Service honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity House is NOT accepting volunteers on National Day of Service, Monday, January 18th. Due to the pandemic and the conditions in the Capital Region, we are not able to receive volunteers to help cook, serve, sort clothing… more

Starting off 2021 with Good News

Planned merger between Unity House and Northeast Career Planning, two longstanding Capital Region human services organizations, announced in May 2020, has been complete, effective January 1.                “Our missions and cultures were well aligned and a merger made a great deal of sense to our boards and our management teams,” said Unity House CEO Chris… more

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