May 2016

Unity House is delighted to host the 3rd annual Art Flaire, a fine arts and crafts show by regional artists. We are seeking high-end artists and crafters to exhibit and sell their artwork at this agency fundraiser. This year, the event will be part of Auburn’s downtown Founder’s Day celebration!

Saturday, August 13
10:00am – 4:00pm
Market Street Park, 1 Genesee Street
Downtown Auburn (across from Hunter Diner)
$60 for 10’ x 10’ booth space
Applications due: Friday, July 22

All proceeds from Art Flaire will benefit the adults with disabilities that Unity House serves. Show information, art standards, and the application form are available online at

For more information, email or call 315-253-6227 x331.

Join us for Art Flaire at Founder’s Day this summer!

April 2016

5:30pm  Cocktails & Conversation; Cash Bar
6:15pm  Buffet Dinner
7:00pm  Welcome by Executive Director Liz Smith
  Remarks by guest speaker Brian McLane, principal and founder of Paradigm Solutions. The McLane family founded the E. John Gavras Center in Auburn in honor of Brian’s childhood therapist. Brian is now a strategic advisor to Syracuse University’s Inclusive Campus Initiative, sits on a number of Gov. Cuomo’s state disability task forces and advisory councils, and was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities in 2000.

February 2016

Unity House has partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings for a fundraiser in Auburn. On Sunday, February 7 during Super Bowl (from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm), Buffalo Wild Wings at 1612 Clark Street Road, Auburn, will donate 10% of all food sales from any guest that presents a fundraising voucher. Vouchers may be found online at, from the office at 34 Wright Avenue, or by calling 315-253-6227 x313. Simply present your voucher when paying, and share them with friends and family – anyone can participate.

Afterwards, Unity House will receive a donation check for 10% from Buffalo Wild Wings for sales from the day. Eat well and support Unity House – the more meals our friends purchase on February 7 during the Super Bowl, the larger the donation made by Buffalo Wild Wings. Whether you’re cheering for Denver or the Panthers, Unity House still wins!


July 2015

Unity House celebrates it employees at the annual staff picnic!

Unity House celebrated its amazing employees at the annual staff picnic on July 24. More than 100 gathered at Myers Point Park in Lansing to eat and play lakeside. A DJ spun tunes, door prizes were distributed, and many participated in planned activities, including a dance contest, tug of war, water balloon toss, egg pass, and more. A number of employees were honored by Executive Director Liz Smith for significant 5 year work anniversaries.

Thanks to all of our employees for the valuable work you do!

July 2015

Join Unity House on July 15 for a fundraiser at the Chili’s restaurant in Ithaca!

June 2015

Unity House will host a Doug’s fish fry fundraiser in Ithaca on June 24

May 2015

Doug’s Fish Fry To-Go benefit will support non-profit agency

Auburn, New York
– Unity House has partnered with Doug’s Fish Fry of Skaneateles for a fundraiser in Auburn. On Friday, May 8 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Doug’s concession trailer will be parked at Bass Pro Shops at the Finger Lakes Mall, 1579 Clark Street Road, Auburn. The most popular menu items will be cooked to order and offered to go.

Unity House provides housing, rehabilitative, and employment services for nearly 700 adults with disabilities in six CNY counties. Some of these consumers will be selling cold drinks and baked goods during the event. Afterwards, Unity House will receive a donation check for a percentage of Doug’s Fish Fry sales from the day.

Enjoy the same great seafood you love in Cortland and Skaneateles, but without the drive! Eat well and support Unity House – the more seafood our friends purchase, the larger the donation made by Doug’s.

For more information about the fundraiser and Unity House, please contact Director of Marketing and Development Kelly Buck at 315.253.6227 x313.

April 2015

Unity House cordially invites everyone to the annual board/award dinner on April 27!

Download the invitation HERE.

February 2015

Help Unity House raise money on February 17 – eat at Auburn Buffalo Wild Wings and we get 10%!

Click this link to download the voucher:

January 2015

Two Unity House staff teams are participating in the indoor volleyball league put on by the Auburn YMCA this winter. Running from November through January, ten teams total play against each other for tournament bragging rights. The two Unity House teams, the UH Crunch and the UH Smash, are hoping to place in the finals.

Promotion of such activities amongst staff encourages fitness and offers a chance for co-workers to interact and have fun outside of the workplace.

October 2014

Unity Employment Services in Geneva is marking a milestone in 2014: 20 years of helping individuals with disabilities get and keep jobs.

Unity House began offering employment services in Ontario County in 1994. The first offices were located on West Washington Street in Geneva. At that time, there was a full-time director, a job developer, a part-time secretary, and some part-time job coaches serving 13 consumers.

In 1997, the Geneva site, in conjunction with Wayne County Behavioral Health, opened an affirmative business called Finger Lakes Domestic Cleaning. UES supplied the equipment and the consumers to clean in various locations, mostly residential. Job coaches transported the workers to the job sites and then provided coaching to ensure the cleaning was done well. An office was acquired on Nye Road where the cleaning equipment and supplies were kept and was the hub of this business. This location is now the site of Unity House’s independent housing office in Wayne County.

The Geneva site relocated in 2009 to its current location at 122 N. Genesee Street in the former American Can Building. The staff has grown to six full time positions, one part time, and one relief coach. In 20 years, the office has gone from serving 13 consumers to more than 70 individuals.

Photo of current Geneva UES employees:
Seated left to right: Kelly Hale, Charlene Van Horn, Loraine Gianfrate
Standing left to right: Shawna Jovanelli, Charlie Borden, Sandie Case, Dan Velte
Missing: Ciara Fischette

October 2014

Health Flaire is right around the corner! Join Unity House for a community-wide health and wellness fair on October 22.

See the full schedule at

September 2014

The 3rd annual Unity House Challenge put 11 teams through their paces!

The agency sponsored its 3rd annual Unity House Challenge on September 25. We were blessed with beautiful weather again. Eleven teams of four, plus a number of volunteers and cheerleaders, headed out to the Throop Fire Hall for the afternoon event. The purpose of the Unity House Challenge is to promote wellness and exercise, and foster camaraderie between employees.

This year’s challenges included Large and In Charge, Military Muscle, NOT Child’s Play, and Out of Bounds. Teams made their way through each obstacle in rotation, scoring points and having fun along the way. The final contest: a chili cook-off! All participants enjoyed the home-made chili and corn bread while waiting to learn which teams had aced the course. Board members Cindy Wilcox and Ken Knight served as chili judges.

The 2014 overall winners were “Call Us What You Want,” who dominated in three of the five competitions. The team is comprised of Kim Dagnesi, Jon Lamanna, Tiffanie McLean, and Paul Stratton of Wright Avenue. Congratulations!

Bravo to ALL of the participating teams and many thanks to the Challenge volunteers who pulled off another excellent event!


September 2014

Help Unity House raise money for Tompkins County programs by eating at the Ithaca Chili’s on September 17!

Click this link to download the voucher:

August 2014

2014 Staff Appreciation Picnic

As it does every year, the Unity House Staff Appreciation Committee put on a delightful afternoon picnic for all employees. About 100 staff members (1/3) gathered at Dewey’s Party House in Seneca Falls on August 22 for the festivities. This year’s theme was “We Are Family.”

Colorful balloons decorated the great covered outdoor space, and the food buffet line was delicious and unending. Music by DJ Dale kept things lively, as did games such as “Let’s Make A Deal” and “Family Feud.” Executive Director Liz Smith presented longevity awards, recognizing those who have worked at the agency for 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years. The lists were long; Unity House is most fortunate to have such dedicated staff!

Many thanks to the Staff Appreciation Committee for their hard work organizing another great summer picnic: Amy Santobianco, Renee Post, Candi Saxman, Doreen Wagner, Elspeth Peterson, Laura Thompson, Kate Speckin, Pattie Park, and Kim Zimmer.



April 2014

Calling All Artists!

Unity House of Cayuga County, Inc. is introducing a new fine arts and crafts festival this summer. Art Flaire is scheduled for Saturday, June 14 from 10:00am – 4:00pm outside on the beautiful park-like grounds of the Case Mansion and First Presbyterian Church in Auburn. We are seeking high-end artisans to exhibit and sell their artwork during the show. Booth space is $60 for a 10’ x 10’ spot. Applications with three representative photos of artwork and non-refundable payment are due (postmarked) by Wednesday, April 30. Acceptance/non-acceptance letters will be mailed by May 9.

All proceeds from Art Flaire will benefit Unity House. Show information, art standards, and the application form are available online: For more information, email or call 315-253-6227 x313. Art Flaire will become an annual event – we hope you’ll join us for this inaugural festival!