OPEN DOOR BEGINS PHASE I CONSTRUCTION
Glens Falls, NY – The Board and Staff of The Open Door welcomed community leaders, donors, and guests to the official “groundbreaking” of the Mission’s Phase I Construction and Renovation project on Monday of this week.
On hand were Assemblyman Dan Stec, along with representatives from the offices of Senator Betty Little and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who were joined by Paul McPhillips and Donna Perkett from the Glens Falls Foundation, Andy Cruikshank from the Adirondack Health Institute, and community leaders and donors Laura and Craig Treiber. Members from The Pathway Home Campaign Committee and Open Door board were also present among many other supporters. Open Door Board Chair, Jeff Leland, emceed the event.The Reverend Karl Griswold-Kuhn, vestry for Church of the Messiah, brought the community blessing on the property and the project.
This Mission has now received grants, gifts, and pledges that enable it to begin the first phase of renovation at the property they acquired last December (226 Warren Street). Phase I will provide the foundational infrastructure and the accompanying buildout to accommodate men and women so that Code Blue can operate for the first time under its own roof this winter. It will also provide for the Dayroom, a Classroom, and the Open Door offices.
On Monday morning, Assemblyman Dan Stec emphasized the plain reality that “there’s a definite need in our community.” Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent her support and affirmed that “This groundbreaking marks the culmination of much hard work and the realization of years of planning. More than a shelter, The Open Door Mission will be a home base for those in need of food, recovery, spiritual care, life skills, and workforce training. This project greatens the likelihood of success for those who walk through your doors.”
Paul McPhillips of the Glens Falls Foundation noted “We are privileged and honored to be part of this project, and we’re pleased that other individuals and organizations are too. When our board considered the campaign grant, many said “If not the Open Door, then who?” We found it Compelling, Compassionate, and deserving of Capital.”
Once Phase I is completed, Phase II fundraising will begin in 2018 and include the Chapel, a Dining Room for 100 people, a Food Pantry, and a welcoming and secure new entrance for all guests. Completion of Phase I and II will position The Open Door to receive national grants of up to $1.5 million, for which they have pre-qualified. Phase III will make possible the Men’s Emergency Shelter and comprehensive support facilities. Similar funding in Phase IV will provide for the Men’s Recovery Program Floor, a one-year program to focus on the core issues that keep a man from making a successful contribution to his family and community…whether job skills, addiction, mental health, and other issues. According to Cook, “If the community comes around us to ensure full funding of Phase I and II, the rest will become a reality. We’ve pared this initial $800,000 Phase back to $600,000 but we’d like to see it funded as fully envisioned.”
Long-time residents, Laura and Craig Treiber, shared their personal experience as volunteers and donors. “After our capital campaign tour, we immediately saw the potential to transform this structure to serve others who can’t serve themselves. It’s very moving and reminds us how blessed we are. We have to help others!”
Tom Albrecht, Sr. of Hilltop Construction introduced the local team that will be responsible for every element of the Phase I construction and renovation. “It’s a pleasure to be partnering with the Open Door, and to bring such a wonderful project to our community. Now it’s real. It’s really happening. It’s exciting.” He affirmed the core passion and commitment of Kim Cook, Open Door’s CEO. “It’s infectious and uplifting, Kim. God put you here for a reason and I really believe you’ve been called to do this.”
Andy Cruikshank indicated that awarding Open Door the $250,000 AHI Innovation Grant “just made sense. It’s something the community needs and is intractably linked with healthcare. We think this project is absolutely fitting. We’re very excited to see it come to fruition and the impact it’s going to have on the community and the community’s healthcare. You’ve done a tremendous job so far. No doubt you’re going to get there.”
Chairman Jeff Leland encouraged and exhorted everyone to “step forward and help us make this vision a reality.” CEO Kim Cook invited all in attendance to “engage us and invite us to present the vision to any group that might enjoy a financial partnership with The Open Door.”
To schedule a tour, consider a pledge, or to volunteer to help us meet our campaign goals, contact the office or review the web link of www.opendoor-ny.org/pathwayhome