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Charity's outreach center to open in Warrensburg

WARRENSBURG For years, the faith-based group North Country Ministries has sought to establish a satellite outreach center in Warrensburg to help people in need. Sunday, several dozen people welcomed the outreach center to town as they took tours of the converted Victorian home conducted by Ministry officials. The outreach centers Open House attendees savored hot cider and homebaked brownies while hearing of North Country Ministries goals for their new site across from the post office in Warrensburg. This new outreach center will be open soon to serve area residents in a variety of vital ways, Ministries Chairman Brother James Posluszny said. Were held the Open House event to let people look at our new building and let them get an idea what were going to be doing in Warrensburg, he said. For years, the group has been helping people in Warrensburg but from their Johnsburg headquarters and now the agency seeks to expand their work with a local center, he said. North Country Ministries helps families facing troubles including housing, career, financial, food and health problems. Posluszny said demand for assistance related to jobs, finances, child care, food and housing have been growing recently in the lower Adirondacks. Various needs are more widespread and more urgent than in the past, he said. The agency provides counseling and referral services in addition to direct aid. Their thrift shop clothing store, now located in the Warrensburg Senior Citizens Center, will be relocated to the new address. A $50,000 grant acquired by state Senator Betty Little, combined with donations contributed to the down payment on the property, but far more money is needed on an ongoing basis to keep it open and operating, Posluszny said. Also, the agency is looking for volunteers with various construction talents to accomplish renovations at the outreach center. A sign-up sheet at the center open house Sunday garnered several volunteers, but more are needed, Posluszny said. North Country Ministries is seeking to have a full-time counselor available at the Warrensburg site, Posluszny said, and the new site will likely offer parenting programs too. To contact North Country Ministries, call 251-4460 or send an email to: ncm32@frontiernet.net.

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