At Unity House

We Empower People

Everyone deserves a place where they belong. A home.

Unity House provides housing and other services to enable people with disabilities to live their best lives.

Unity House provides transitional and permanent housing, respite care, and rehabilitative and employment services for people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and/or substance use disorders from which they are recovering. We partner with them to develop their skills, supporting them so they can live their best lives.

Founded in 1977, Unity House is dedicated to providing person-centered services and programs. We support more than 750 people in eight central New York counties (Cayuga, Tompkins, Wayne, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, Tioga and Ontario).

Because our mission is so important, we’re also dedicated to empowering our employees. Together, we’re innovating, educating and advocating for a strong community that values people of all abilities.

To learn about our organization's history since its inception, view our chronological timeline here.

Our Mission

Unity House’s mission is to empower and enrich the lives of people in recovery, coping with a mental illness, and/or diagnosed with a developmental disability. This is accomplished by offering supports and services in an inclusive, person-centered environment.

Our Vision

All individuals are respected and lead lives of personal fulfillment and acceptance within our community.

Our Core Values

Honesty - Integrity - Respect

Our Leadership Team

Atkins Award

The Fred Atkins Community Service Fund and Award were established in 2011 in memory of Frederick J. Atkins, a beloved Cayuga County volunteer and 30-year Unity House board member.

Open Arms Award

The Open Arms Award was established in 2012 to honor a recognize community members and organizations that welcome Unity House participants with disabilities in the community and at their place of business.


View our Newsletter, Strategic Plan, Annual Report and other Unity House publications.