Elspeth Peterson has been taking advantage of Unity House’s biometric screening since it was first offered 14 years ago. She liked that Unity House offered incentives, including extra time off, to encourage employees to record their weight, complete bloodwork and track other health indicators. “It was kind of a routine thing,” she said. “I didn’t… Continue Reading Unity House wellness programs save employee’s lifeRead More
When local community colleges began offering credentialing courses to direct support professionals last fall, Unity House DSPs were first in line.
At Tompkins Cortland Community College, all 15 seats were filled by Unity House staff members, said Patty Tvaroha, professor of human services.
“It has been a blessing, I think, to have them all be Unity House people,” Tvaroha said. “They are creating their own natural support system.” Continue Reading Set Up for Success: Empowering Our WorkforceRead More
Gerry Hodnett was an artist with a following.
“There was something very special about Gerry,” said his sister, Sandy Arden. “He made friends wherever he went and he even touched people he didn’t meet.
When Gerry died at age 74 last year, Sandy was devastated, and so were his closest friends. Among them were his housemates at Unity House’s Sheffield Road residence, where he lived since 2011. Continue Reading Remembering GerryRead More
Nominations are still being accepted until February 15 for the 14th annual Fred Atkins Community Service Award. This award is given by Unity House each spring in memory of Frederick J. Atkins, a beloved Cayuga County volunteer who passed away in 2009 at the age of 95. Continue Reading Nominate a deserving volunteer for Unity House’s Atkins AwardRead More
Michael Antonacci brings expertise in financial management Auburn, New York – Unity House’s CEO Liz Smith has announced that a new community leader has joined the nonprofit’s board of directors. Michael Antonacci of Rialto Wealth Management began his new duties in January. An expert in financial and investment management, Mike will help the board navigate… Continue Reading Unity House welcomes new board memberRead More
Heather Rafferty is a singer and a dancer. She loves cats and music. And she knows what she wants in life – a home and a family of her own. Today, her dreams are one step closer to reality, thanks to SANYS-U. The six-week course, led by the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, helps… Continue Reading Eight Auburn Day Hab participants celebrate completion of self-advocacy programRead More
On Jan. 17, Gov. Hochul will release her 2024-25 Executive Budget. That means there’s still time to make your voice heard. Last year, organizations like Unity House pushed for: The wage enhancement didn’t pass and the COLA approved was just 4% – far below the rate of inflation. Every day, Unity House DSPs empower more than… Continue Reading Care about people with disabilities? Urge state leaders to adequately fund supports and servicesRead More
Unity House is grateful for a $5,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. These funds will be put towards the renovation of a handicap accessible bathroom at our Hector Street IRA in Ithaca. We thank the foundation for their support of our mission.Read More
Unity House is partnering with the Association for Community Living (ACL) to urge Governor Hochul to include better funding for mental health programs in the state budget. SEND A LETTER NOW: https://takeaction.io/acl/urge-governor-hochul-to-fund-mental-health-housing-programs-in-the-2024-2025-state-budget/ Please take a moment to send an E-letter directly to Governor Hochul to remind her of the importance of modernizing the Mental Health… Continue Reading Urge Governor Hochul to Fund Mental Health Housing Programs in the 2024-25 State BudgetRead More