As part of their commitment to serve people at their point of need, cultivating personal growth and community sustainability, Open Door Mission announces three new prominent board members that will strengthen the Mission’s strategic growth plan to support a growing need in Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga Counties.
New Board Members Include:
Dr. John Quaresima, Family Medicine Physician at Hudson Headwaters Health Network and Fort Hudson Health System
David Liebetreu, Independent Consultant, Retired, Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer with International Paper
Robert Silvestri, Vice President TD Bank/Commercial Banking
“We’re excited to welcome these new board members as part of the Open Door Mission team. They will be instrumental as we increase our impact in our surrounding area, “says Kim Cook, President & CEO. “Open Door has grown tremendously since our inception in 1991. Having an engaged board is critical to our future success.”
Past board members, and all President Emeriti whose terms recently expired include Chris Hunsinger, Jeff Leland, Mary Gooden.
“We’re grateful for their years of service and support to Open Door and their dedication to lifting up those most vulnerable in our communities,” says Jeff Purner, Board Chair.
New board members will join Jeff Purner, Board Chair, National Account Manager, Medtronic, Pamela Cleveland, Treasurer, Senior Audit Manager, CMJ LLP, Andrea Palmer, Financial Consultant to lead the organization in to its 30th Anniversary in 2021.
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Door Mission continued operations while ensuring all shelter residents (Men & Women) and guests at the Lawrence Street Kitchen were kept safe. As the need increased due to the economic downturn, Open Door answered the call by working alongside 176 volunteers equaling 16,493 services hours, provided 452 children regular meals, distributed over 2,567 individuals and 23,103 meals from the Food Pantry, and served 10,468 to-go meals from the Lawrence Street Kitchen.
On average Open Door Mission serves more than 1,600 meals a month and with their 16-bed Men’s Shelter and new 4-bed Women’s Shelter, Open Door is housing homeless men and women each night of the year. In our facility, the Code Blue Shelter is also provided during cold nights and are working toward having additional capacity to serve our Code Blue guests as the need increases.
In an average year, the Mission’s Food Pantry provides 20,000 meals to, as well as distributing thousands of pounds of gleaned and other food items to other local social service organizations.
In addition to serving hot meals, Open Door Mission provides case management, counseling, connections to community resources, medical screenings, substance abuse recovery programs, counseling, training classes, budgeting, life and job skills, transportation, and advocacy.
Open Door Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to reaching out and serving the needs of the poor and homeless of our community. Open Door offers services in a friendly, welcoming environment by developing relationships with their guests. Services and care are offered to all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, or religion. All services and programs are provided free of charge.