Campus Ministry at Russel Sage College

The Campus Ministry offers Protestant ministry at Russell Sage College. It provides pastoral care, worship and spiritual formation, recognizing that this is an essential aspect of a well-rounded and holistic education. Darren Gundrum serves as our Protestant Chaplain at Russell Sage College. He may be reached at (518) 244-4522 or at gundrd@sage.edu

Computers for Kids / Computer Ministry

The Computers for Kids Program of Troy Area United Ministries runs an intensive summer program for low income and at-risk youth. High School students learn to rebuild and upgrade computer hardware and to install and run software. At the end of the program, each student takes home a fully loaded computer that he or she has rebuilt. Additional computers are donated to programs serving those in need. To donate computers (Pentium IV or better) please call our office at 274-5920.

Damien Center of Troy

The Troy Damien Center is a hospitality center for persons infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The center provides meals, social and recreational opportunities, peer support, education and referral. For more Information, please call B.J. LaRouech, Damien Center Coordinator, at 274-5920, ext. 206

The Furniture Program

The Furniture Program provides good, used furniture, free of charge, to families in need, including the working poor, women and their dependent children fleeing domestic violence, families leaving homeless shelters, persons with disabilities and the elderly poor. We are in desperate need of beds (any size), dressers, tables and chairs. To donate, good, used furniture, please contact Tyara Burnett, Program Director, at 274-5920, ext. 204

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships and Events

We honor the vision and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the celebration of his life and prophetic witness. The committee coordinates the holiday activities in January, special efforts in race relations and community issues, and provides scholarships for Troy area high school graduates who are going on to college. For a scholarship application, please call 274 5920 ext. 201

CROP Hunger Walk in Rensselaer County

CROP Hunger Walk is an international effort for hunger and disaster relief. Monies support local food programs and agricultural development, disaster relief and land mine removal around the world. The CROP Walk is held annually the first Sunday in May at TAUM.

Troy Area United Ministries was organized in 1986 as a consolidation of the United Urban Ministry of Troy and the Troy Area Council of Churches, which joined together to work for “a more abundant life for the people of the area.”

The Rev. Seymour Flinn, the Rev. Don Pangburn and others had the vision to combine the social and pastoral ministries of the original organizations into one association.

The growth of TAUM includes becoming local organizer of the CROP Hunger Walk; forming a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee to include race and community relations, scholarships for youth, forums and dialogues; meeting the dire needs of the poor in Rensselaer County by creating the Furniture Program, welcoming the Troy Damien Center and developing Computers for Kids.

Here, people of faith, justice and care, work together to build the spiritual and social well-being of people in the Troy area. Hundreds of volunteers serve in a year’s time. Our very active Board of Directors represents local congregations and the community at large. About 40 congregations, six denominations, and many individuals contribute.

In 2004, with the help of many supporters through a Capital Campaign, TAUM purchased and renovated its own building at 392 Second Street.

Through this move, TAUM strengthened its programs and became a community center. The Osgood Neighbors meet here regularly, and others use the building as well.                                                                                                (continued on back)

In celebration of TAUM’s 25th Anniversary, the Board of Directors ran a Capital Campaign to increase energy efficiency through much needed upgrades, and retired the mortgage.

In 2016, TAUM celebrated its 30th Anniversary. A legacy fund has been established to sustain TAUM’s vital programs well into the future.

On an annual basis, over 2,000 people are served by TAUM’s programs.

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