About Unity House

Individualized Services & Supports
Meeting Personal Needs

Unity House of Cayuga County, Inc. provides transitional and permanent housing, respite care, and rehabilitative and employment services for individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and/or substance use disorders from which they are recovering. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1977, Unity House partners with these individuals to develop their personal skills and potential, supporting them to live fuller and more independent lives.

The agency is committed to providing person-centered services, programs, and supports, serving more than 1000 people a day in seven central New York counties (Cayuga, Tompkins, Wayne, Onondaga, Seneca, Tioga and Ontario). Unity House also seeks to free our communities of misconceptions associated with disabilities through innovation, education, and advocacy.

Unity House’s headquarters are located in Auburn, New York. The agency employs more than 450 people and is licensed by the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the New York State Department of Health (DOH), and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Unity House will celebrate its 45th year in 2022.

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

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Fred Atkins Fund/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.

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

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