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Love City Fellowship opens city mission center

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Albany/HV: Love City Fellowship opens city mission center
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It's the giving season and one Fulton County church is preparing to give the community a pretty big gift. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the Love City Fellowship is opening up Gloversville's newest mission center, with a twist.

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- Gloversville resident Mary Sparks said, "I think it's great. Kids need a place to go, adults need a place to go. There is nothing here."

But this North Main Street building will soon fill the void.

"We know that we're going to serve hot meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We know we’re going to run some sort of cafe where people can sit and counseling will be available," said Pastor Tim Cox.

Interior decorator Melanie Neelis was one of the first volunteers to hop on board. She's designing the main room around a stage, where weekly worships and teen fun nights will be held.

"It's going to have a cafe feel, but it's going to be very homey. It's going to be very comfortable and someplace you want to be," said Neelis.

Pastor Cox says the mission center is needed here now more than ever because Fulton County is one of the poorest counties in the state and Gloversville is one of the poorest areas in the county.

Sparks said, "It's a very depressed area. It has been for a long time. I think it's a great idea."

The church is looking for more volunteers and donations to help push the process along. Something they say will benefit the entire community.

"If we can get one kid off the street, it's benefits the community. If we can get one kid to further their education, it benefits the community. If we can get one person acting more fiscally responsible, it benefits the community."

Neelis said, "You just feel so good about doing something and giving your time to help others that maybe aren't as lucky as you."

The center is expected to open in the fall of 2013.

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