Community Matters February 2012

Domestic Violence Program at Unity House

In anticipation of the planned March opening of its new Domestic Violence Shelter In Troy, Unity House is seeking the help of the community to make this new facility into a home for the women and children served.
For the first time in 40 years, victims of domestic violence and their children will be welcomed into a Unity House shelter that is brand new.  The confidential shelter will have available temporary housing and services for up to 33 women and children at a time who are beginning new lives away from a violent environment.
In 2011, Unity House sheltered 106 women and 56 children.  Because of space limitations in its old shelter, Unity House was forced to redirect more than 340 additional victims and their 428 children to distant shelters or motels.  With the new 33-bed shelter, Unity House will double the number of women and children served each year.
As it prepares for the opening, Unity House is seeking donations for the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens in the shelter.  The needs list includes:

  • twin size sheets, comforters and  “bed-in-a-bag” sets
  • bath, hand and face towels
  • dish towels, dish cloths and pot holders
  • toaster ovens and coffeemakers
  • stainless steel flatware
  • ladies’ pajamas and sweat suits, especially sizes M, L, XL and XXL
  • women’s and children’s socks

Donations can be dropped off at the Unity House Development Office at 33 Second St. in Troy.   If an individual wants to conduct a drive for these items at work, or with a club, team, book group or group of friends, Unity House will arrange to pick up the donations.
Call Diane Cameron Pascone in the Unity House Development Office at 518.274.2633, extension 356 or email her at with questions.

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