WARRENSBURG - An unexpectedly large number of people turned out recently for the open house of a newly launched outreach center in Warrensburg - which indicates area citizens are charitable at heart regardless of the prevailing economic times, a representative of the agency said.
About 150 people attended the open house March 8 of North Country Ministry's center on Main St., Ministry official Phyllis Meader said.
"We are delighted so many people were interested in coming and seeing what we have to offer," she said.
The center provides clothing and counseling for families of modest income - with young children - in concert other services for the community.
Although more than half of the open house visitors were from Warrensburg, a good number from Chester, Lake George, Glens Falls and surrounding areas also participated, she said.
The organization is known for helping connect people with job and housing opportunities, as well as providing vital emergency aid and help in parenting and child-care issues.
Many attending the open house joined in offering donations to their efforts to reach out to families in need.
Those attending were treated to a check-passing presentation arranged by major donor Glens Falls National Bank.
During the event, Glens Falls National's Warrensburg Branch Manager Dennis Martinez and district manager Joseph Kelly presented a check for $5,000 to the Ministry.
Other major donors to date include: Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, Lake George Rotary Club, Lake George Knights of Columbus, Gertrude Collins, the Glens Falls Foundation, Sisters of Sacred Heart, Holy Cross Brothers, Dr. Daniel Chamberlain, and the Warrensburg duo Amanda Carpenter and Jason Hupe. Senator Betty Little arranged a substantial state grant as a down payment for the center.
Meader said the center had established new hours to assist the public: Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Services have recently expanded to include a clothing center and a section for baby clothing and furniture, both intended for families in need.
Volunteers from the community are now needed to staff the clothing center, Meader said. The outreach center includes a room that is available for small groups or agencies, she said.
To contact the North Country Ministries, call 251-4460 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.