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North Country Ministry reaches 20-year mark

The North Country Ministry is in its 20th year. Pictured here are, left to right, Alice Damp, Mary Moro — the first board president, Sister Fran Husselbeck — founder, Larry Carr and Patricia Carr. These members were all involved since the beginning of the Ministry.

The North Country Ministry is in its 20th year. Pictured here are, left to right, Alice Damp, Mary Moro — the first board president, Sister Fran Husselbeck — founder, Larry Carr and Patricia Carr. These members were all involved since the beginning of the Ministry.

— With tough times and scarce jobs, the North Country Ministry has looked for ways to help struggling Adirondack neighbors since 1992.

The ministry began as a pilot project of four major orders of the Sisters of the Albany Diocese. Joining the project were the parishes of Sacred Heart, Lake George; St. Cecilia’s, Warrensburg: and St. James, North Creek. Sisters Fan Husselbeck, RSM and Mary Flynn, CSJ arrived in August of 1992.

Initially, the group was an additional religious presence to these parishes, assisting with their spiritual and educational programs. They established the Gathering Place, a community lunch program, that fall and a Family Clothing Center that winter. Each year they developed and expanded their community outreach services in these towns and others.

Today, the ministry is a non-denominational group working to meet the needs of the local poor and disenfranchised. Services offered are supportive counseling, referral and advocacy. Programs include the Gathering Place, the Family Clothing Center, the Furniture Barn (recycled furniture and household items), Adult Living Units (affordable adult housing), two food pantries, Baby’s Place (clothing and supplies ages 0-3), Parenting Support, Car Seat Safety Program, Emergency Fire Wood and emergency financial assistance.

The ministry has outreach centers in North Creek and Warrensburg. With the help of over 100 volunteers, it provides services to more than 1,000 people a month in a 650-square-mile area.

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