TAUM’s Annual Festival of Music and Chocolate is a great musical and confectionary delight for a great cause- TAUM’s Furniture Program which provides free furniture to those who have been homeless, are fleeing domestic violence, suffer a catastrophic event or simply lack resources to meet basic needs.

Imagine you are a grandparent about to have custody of your grandchild, but not being able to provide the bed and dresser she will need. What if your family of four was leaving a homeless shelter to get a rental apartment, but your part-time minimum wage jobs didn’t pay enough to furnish the apartment? 

TAUM annually provides over $250,000’s worth of good used furniture free of charge to people in need throughout Rensselaer County and in cases of domestic violence, sometimes in other counties as well.

On Sunday, November 6 at 3 p.m., at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church various choirs, soloists and instrumentalists (including First United, Troy and Hoosick Falls and Stephentown Federated Church) will offer their musical talent. From 4 to 5 p.m., bakers will offer their confectionary talent with a large array of delicious desserts! Tickets with advance registration are $12 for all the dessert you care to sample! A free will offering will be received during the concert.

Another opportunity to support TAUM programs and fair trade will be offered on November 20 from 11 am to 5 pm at Ten Thousand Villages, Stuyvesant Plaza. TAUM staff and board members will be there to serve refreshments and greet people, and TAUM programs will receive 15% of the sales to support our programs. 

We’re a small organization, striving to embody the love of God through serving those in need, working for social justice, and building stronger communities. Thank you for your partnership.


About Rev. Donna Elia

Donna is Executive Director of TAUM, a mission partner of Albany Presbytery. Each year, several thousand people are served through TAUM Programs. You can reach Donna at delia001@nycap.rr.com or you can learn more about Troy Area United Ministries at https://taum.org.

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