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Glens Falls-area homeless and impoverished helped by Open Door

Mark Mulholland
Updated: December 03, 2019 06:02 PM
Created: December 03, 2019 05:34 PM

GLENS FALLS - A new food pantry unveiled Tuesday afternoon is just one of a growing number of services the Open Door Mission offers people in need.

They already have a homeless shelter, a Code Blue shelter, a dayroom offering a warm place to relax and access to the internet, and a soup kitchen.

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"The goal is to impact peoples' lives who are struggling in poverty and homelessness," said Kim Cook, Open Door president and CEO.

Cook says they can do their job more effectively if it's all under one roof.

So volunteers are busy renovating space and adding services in a 40,000 square foot building they bought a couple years ago.

Cooks says they've raised and spent roughly $1.5 million. Next phases call for a kitchen, a shelter for 50, a medical clinic and a barber shop.

They also need another $3.5 million to complete a project that's unique in the area.

"There are a lot of great organizations in our region who are doing wonderful things, but there's nothing with all of them under one roof."

One-hundred cases of food and a $30,000 donation from Hannaford made the food pantry happen.

"We know that in Glens Falls in particular, the need is very high and when we partner with organizations like the Open Door Mission, we know that we can really make an impact," said Brian Fabre, a Hannaford community relations specialist.

When it's fully functional, the pantry will provide food to 300 families each month.

One more service the Open Door hopes makes them the go-to place for people who have no other place to go.

"We meet people where they are who are struggling in poverty and we help them with their basic needs and then walk with them to get them out of poverty," Cook said.


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