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!
Join Unity House on July 15 for a fundraiser at the Chili’s restaurant in Ithaca!
Unity House will host a Doug’s fish fry
fundraiser in Ithaca on June 24
FUNDRAISER FOR UNITY HOUSE ON MAY 8
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.
cordially invites everyone to the annual board/award dinner on
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House raise money on February 17 – eat at Auburn Buffalo Wild
Wings and we get 10%!
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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
Promotion of such activities amongst staff encourages fitness
and offers a chance for co-workers to interact and have fun
outside of the workplace.
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.
current Geneva UES employees:
Seated left to right: Kelly Hale, Charlene Van Horn, Loraine
Standing left to right: Shawna Jovanelli, Charlie Borden, Sandie
Case, Dan Velte
Missing: Ciara Fischette
is right around the corner! Join Unity House for a
community-wide health and wellness fair on October 22.
See the full schedule at
The 3rd annual
Unity House Challenge put 11 teams through their paces!
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
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.
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!
House raise money for Tompkins County programs by eating at the
Ithaca Chili’s on September 17!
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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!
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.
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: www.unityhouse.com.
For more information, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-253-6227 x313. Art
Flaire will become an annual event – we hope you’ll join us for
this inaugural festival!