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Stewart’s/Dake Family Makes Significant Donation to Unity House’s Campaign for the Working Poor



Troy, NY – Stewart’s/Dake Family has made a $100,000 donation to Unity House of Troy to support its Campaign for the Working Poor. The campaign recognizes the growing needs of this population Unity House serves and aims to provide proactive resources for those struggling to find balance as they care for their families. The funds donated by Stewart’s/Dake Family will be allocated to two initiatives of the campaign: $75,000 will be designated for making child care affordable and the remaining funds will be put towards the Deuteronomy Fund, which allows Unity House to help individuals and families maintain their delicate balance by assisting with those unexpected emergencies like a car repair or medical bill that otherwise would cascade into crisis.

Reliable and affordable child care is a major obstacle many Unity House client families face in maintaining steady employment. A Child’s Place at Unity House provides quality child care for families while they work or seek employment to support their families. Unity House is hoping to raise funds to help provide 20 additional families with affordable child care.

“After housing, safe and reliable child care is the largest barrier to maintaining employment,” said Unity House Chief Executive Officer Chris Burke. “With this campaign our goal is to expand our ability to support all those who need assistance as they work toward financial independence. It is because of our community partners such as Stewart’s/Dake Family that we are hopeful of reaching that goal.”

Unity House will use the investments from funding partners for the five initiatives of the Campaign for the Working Poor: Crisis Prevention & Community Resources, Child Care Assistance, Food & Clothing, Housing Support, and Employment Services.

“Stewart’s and the Dake Family are proud to support an organization that works to tackle issues head on and create change,” said Susan Dake, president of Stewart’s Foundation at Stewart’s Shops. “We hope that this campaign motivates others to give and lend a hand to those in our community who need it most.”

The campaign is a five-year strategy to expand the capacity of Unity House to provide working families with the support necessary to achieve stability and meet their most basic daily needs.

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About Unity House Since 1971, Unity House has grown to meet the increasing needs of those living in Rensselaer County and surrounding communities. Providing crisis intervention, advocacy, skills teaching, information, resources, encouragement and support, Unity House continues to help disadvantaged people lead productive and healthy lives.

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