Help Troy Area United Ministries

Our programs help and provide much needed assistance to the most vulnerable in Rensselaer County.


About TAUM


Our History

Troy Area United Ministries, founded in 1986 as a consolidation of the United Urban Ministry of Troy and Troy Area Council of Churches, meets immediate needs of homeless persons, women and dependent children fleeing domestic violence, persons living with HIV/AIDS, youth, those who are food insecure, and low income persons.

Here, people of spirit, justice and care work together to build the spiritual and social well being of people in the Troy Area. Over 300 volunteers serve in a year's time. Our very active Board of Directors represents local congregations and the community at large.

Our Programs

TAUM Furniture Program

TAUM has changed the lives of hundreds homeless persons, those fleeing domestic violence, as well as low income persons by providing basic furniture.

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Damien Center of Troy

More than 125 dinners and lunches are served weekly to those affected by HIV/AIDS and other serious illness, as well as to those who are food insecure.

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Campus Ministries at Russell Sage

The Campus Ministry provides pastoral care, worship and spiritual formation, recognizing that this is an essential aspect of a well-rounded and holistic education.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events

We honor the vision and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the celebration of his life and prophetic witness.

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Computers for Kids

The Computers for Kids Program of Troy Area United Ministries runs an intensive summer program for low income and at-risk youth.

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CROP Walk in Rensselaer County

CROP Walk is an international effort for hunger and disaster relief. Monies support local food programs and agricultural development around the world.

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Want to learn more about our programs?

Download our 2015 Annual Report

Annual Report

TAUM Staff

Rev. Donna Elia
Executive Director

Rev. Donna Elia
Rev. Jennifer Wegter-McNelly
Protestant Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor, Russell Sage College

Rev. Jennifer Wegter-McNelly
B.J. Larouech
Damien Center Interim Coordinator

B.J. Larouech
Tyara Burnett
Furniture Program Director

Tyara Burnett
Joyce Brewer
Finance Administrator

Joyce Brewer
Jim Netzer
Office Administrator

Jim Netzer