Glens Falls mission plans new facility and shelter to serve poor and homeless
GLENS FALLS - They come here to get a hot meal and a warm smile.
Soon the cramped space housing The Open Door soup kitchen will be sold.
And it's all in the name of progress.
This will be the expansive new home to The Open Door Mission.
40,000 square feet of space to serve the poor. A big building to meet a big need.
"I really do believe that Glens Falls is better than having people living on the street," said Kim Cook, Director of The Open Door Mission.
The Open Door recently bought this long-time furniture store.
The next step is to raise money to turn it into a soup kitchen that can serve 100 people, an emergency homeless shelter for more than 40 men, and classrooms and computer labs for job searching and resumes.
"Feeding people is one thing, but helping them outgrow their poverty and help themselves, to lift themselves into a better life for themselves, it's very, very important," said NYS Senator Betty Little, R - Queensbury.
Depending on fundraising, they hope to open the emergency shelter part of the mission by the summer of 2018.
The whole project will cost about 5 million dollars. They plan to raise nearly two million over the next three years.
The first floor space will be open in the fall and the Code Blue shelter will be here next winter.
When everything is done they even hope to have a medical clinic and a barbershop.
"We have the opportunity here to serve these people, to give them a step up, to help them get back on their feet, to reestablish their self esteem, to give them back their dignity," said Scott Sanger, a volunteer with the Code Blue shelter.
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