Community Resources

Access to Unity House sites is limited. Please try to call ahead if you have a need: (518) 274-2607

Want to volunteer? Contact out Volunteer Desk via

Want to help in other ways? Consider a donation to Unity House or collect needed items like gift cards, non-perishables for our pantry, or personal care items. See more here.

APRIL 2020: For public health and safety, we’ve had to adapt the way we deliver services to people in need. For those facing food insecurity, we are no longer offering a sit-down meal. It is now to-go only with low density. For our food pantry, we have switched to a menu option and staff pack up a bag of groceries to be picked up or delivered. Other needs are being met over the phone where possible.

The patience of our consumers and the support of all is very much appreciated in this challenging new landscape. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, via phone or email. Thank you.

Initially called Street Ministry, Community Resources provides crisis intervention, counseling, emergency food, clothing and house wares, homelessness prevention, pregnancy care, laundry, and shower facilities, help with SNAP benefits, holiday food baskets and gifts for children at holiday time.

Community Resources Programs

  • Emergency Assistance

    Emergency assistance is provided to help people meet their basic needs. This assistance can help to prevent an eviction or loss of utilities through negotiated agreements with property owners or utility companies, budget planning, and direct financial support.

    Please try to call (518) 274-2607  if you have a need.

    If you have a donation of groceries or wish to drop off a gift for the pantry, please call (518) 274-2607.

    Thanks for helping us maintain safe spaces.

  • Family and Neighborhood Resource Center

    The Family and Neighborhood Resource Center is a collection of programs dedicated to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people. The program helps individuals and families secure basic resources like food, clothing and shelter as well as supports to foster community interdependence. Classes, such as financial literacy are also available in SEFCU Employment and Training Center.

    Please try to call (518) 274-2607  if you have a need.

    If you have a donation of groceries or wish to drop off a gift for the pantry, please call (518) 274-2607.

    Thanks for helping us maintain safe spaces.

  • Food Pantry/Basics for Babies Pantry

    The Food Pantry provides three-day supplies of food, diapers, formula and baby food to parents in need.  Annually the Pantry provides a holiday meals program, providing groceries for complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for families.

    Please call (518) 274-2607 about picking up groceries from the pantry.

    If you have a donation of groceries or wish to drop off a gift for the pantry, please call (518) 274-2607.

    Thanks for helping us maintain safe spaces.

  • Community Meals & Resource Center

    May 2020: For public health, sit-down meals have been suspended. Meals are available on a To-Go basis.

    Community Meals serves lunch on weekdays.  All are welcome in our dining room where guests can enjoy a meal at restaurant style seating. Our dining room is located on the second floor of Unity House’s Front Door at  2431 Sixth Avenue in Troy. Lunch is served from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

    Volunteers are always needed in the Unity House kitchen, dining room and food pantry. Consider contacting the Volunteer Desk at (518) 274-2607 x4135 or for more information.

  • ReStyle Thrift Store

    May 2020: For public health, our store is temporarily closed. For those with an emergency need for clothing, please call us at (518) 274-2607 and we will arrange help.

    ReStyle is Unity House’s thrift store. The store offers new and used clothing, shoes, and accessories for the whole family at low prices. ReStyle offers items by acting as a “broker” among people who have items to donate and people who have a need for those items. Individuals with an urgent need and no resources to purchase items can seek assistance through our emergency assistance department.

    ReStyle gladly accepts cash or Visa/MasterCard/American Express for payment. All Sales Final. ReStyle cannot accept returns or exchanges.

    Interested in donating clothing or shoes? PLEASE: Hold off on donations until we are at better staffing levels. Thanks for helping us maintain safe spaces for those we serve.

    Thank you for ensuring all donations of clothing are in season.

  • NOEP Coordinator to help with Food Stamps

    NOEP = Nutritional Outreach and Education Program Unity House has a NOEP Coordinator:  (518) 274-2633 ext. 4108. The Unity House NOEP Coordinator, Karen McKenzie, offers free, confidential services to help people get nutrition assistance. The coordinator can assist with certification and re-certification of SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps. The coordinator position is made possible in partnership with Hunger Solutions NY,  a program that manages NOEP in nearly every county in New York State and throughout all boroughs of New York City. To find a NOEP Coordinator in a county other than Rensselaer County, please visit the website for Hunger Solutions NY.

    April 2020: If you need help, please CALL (518) 274-2607 so we may have a confidential conversation over the phone.