50th Anniversary–1969-2019


Celebrating 50 Years of Unity Acres

Unity Acres’ 50th anniversary is a celebration and a blessing, received in grace and humility… The generous support of our donors permits this countryside have to continue to create community for men who have become homeless. Here men prepare meals, do laundry and yard work, assist with maintenance and the night watch, shovel snow, answer phones, raise pigs, prepare bulk mailings, handle driving duties, and walk the grounds with Jenny, our canine mascot.

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we thank our donors for their caring support which allows Unity Acres to carry on the good work begun by Father Ray McVey, and which continued through the efforts of the late Father Robert Jones and our able staff. Our donors’ generosity has helped thousands of men find care, comfort, sustenance and camaraderie in a troubled world.



Unity Acres’ Annual Family Picnic was held on August 19.  Our celebration and Mass that Sunday were dedicated to the memory of our long-time chaplain, Father Robert Jones, who died on July 22, 2018.  We also remembered in our Mass Fathers Ted Sizing and Moritz Fuchs, both long time friends of the Acres.

August 19 marked the beginning of our celebration of Unity Acres 50th anniversary year.   The tabs below open to three newsletters from our 20th anniversary year, in which Father McVey recounts the beginning of Unity Acres in March 1969….


Unity Acres — 1974


As we continue through Unity Acres’ 50th Anniversary year, we hope to include additional newsletters, pictures, and so on.  Please check back from time to time.  In the meantime, we are posting below a link to video clip taken from a student film project, ‘Miles to Go Before I Sleep’, which was filmed in the early 1970s, and describes Unity Acres in its early days.

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