Outreach center in Warrensburg?

WARRENSBURGThe local faith-based not-for-profit group North Country Ministries is now purchasing a building in Warrensburg to be converted into an outreach center for the organization. The center will provide clothing and counseling for families of modest income with young children in concert other services for the community, agency officials said. Ministries Chairman Brother James Posluszny said this week that many local families in Warrensburg have urgent basic needs relating to food, jobs, shelter and caregiving. Fifteen percent of Warrensburg families live at or below the poverty line, he said. We hope to bring a greater understanding of the poor to the community. The center will be located at 3933 Main St., directly across from the Warrensburg Post Office, he said. Posluszny said that a $50,000 grant acquired by state Senator Betty Little, combined with fundraiser receipts and individual donations contributed to the down payment on the property. Posluszny said that continuing contributions are required to help his agency in assisting those with urgent needs. We still have a mortgage to pay, Posluszny said. The key is ongoing financial support from the community. With sufficient donations, the planned outreach center could be open and operational before the end of the year, he said. Posluszny said that North Country Ministries offers a wide range of programs aimed at boosting the quality of life for those with modest income. The programs include a thrift shop, non-professional family counseling which Posluszny describes as good listening, and a food bank. Posluszny also said that the his organization works in concert with Warren County Office for the Aging, along with numerous other publicly funded programs. We dont duplicate existing programs, he said. We act as a facilitator and advocate for people we can put them in touch with the appropriate agency. Posluszny said that donations and volunteers are desperately needed. Presently, continued commitment from many Christian churches and the upcoming 5k footrace fundraiser, Run for HOPE, jointly generates revenue for most of the agency's current projects. However, with this new outreach center in Warrensburg, needs have increased. In order to bring the necessary staff and service to the Warrensburg, more private support will be necessary, he said. His group doesnt directly appeal to the public to raise money, he said. We are here to respond to anyone in need, Posluszny said. North Country Ministries is aiming to add another caseworker as well as a parenting support counselor once the Warrensburg outreach center is open for business, he said. Its time to revive the traditional Adirondack spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, Posluszny said. This connection has been lost of late. To contact the North Country Ministry call 251-4460 or send an email to: ncm32@frontiernet.net. Information about the upcoming Run for HOPE can be accessed at www.adirondackrunforhope.com.

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