Editor:

Kudos to Kim Cook.

I am writing regarding the Open Door Mission and plans for its future as shared with me by Director Kim Cook. Early January, I had the opportunity to meet with Kim and learn everything pertinent about the proposed Open Door Mission on Warren Street, Glens Falls. Kim suggested we meet at the Open Door Kitchen.

I entered the dining area and was warmly greeted by Kim. We toured the kitchen, where many dedicated souls were professionally preparing food for all who arrive for lunch. I was very pleased Kim chose to share with me the energy, caring and basic needs available within the walls of this small building. 

We then drove to the future home of the Open Door Mission on Warren Street. Words are difficult to describe walking into a large warehouse-type building void of any clue as to its past. We entered a spacious area off the parking lot that will encompass the kitchen and dining room. Through another doorway is a large room that fronts Warren Street that is the planned location of offices for the Open Door Mission, a chapel, as well as offices for various service agencies. Another large room with windows overlooking a vacant yard is a day room for the homeless to hang out, use computers, read, play cards and relax. There will be 24/7 security on the premises. 

Kim's vision, dedication and excitement are contagious. She will conquer all obstacles as she is focused on giving the homeless hope, self-esteem and a safe environment to become self sufficient and so much more.

I suggest you read Callie Ginter's Jan. 29 article in The Post-Star, “Cook discusses status of shelter.”

Pat Crayford, Queensbury

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