Rural Ministry on the move

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy Chautauqua County Rural Ministry’s new location on Washington Street in the city.

Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is inching closer on a move to its new location in the city of Dunkirk.

Come this fall, Rural Ministry will begin to offer services to the less fortunate and those in crisis out of 319 Washington St. The facility housed Symphony Living and the former St. Vincent’s Adult Home. Symphony Living operated out of the facility until its closure in January.

Rural Ministry earlier this summer announced that it had the opportunity to buy a new building and move from its current location at 127-135 Central Ave. The new building aims to provide Rural Ministry with more space to meet community needs and program development.

“This will allow CCRM to continue the mission and pursue some new and innovative programming by assisting with food insecurity in the area,” a June letter to donors stated. “The move will be a great expense for CCRM, but we feel it will be worth every penny in the long run.”

Chautauqua County Rural Ministry formed in the 1950s with the goal to address the community’s unmet needs. For decades, Rural Ministry has provided the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.

The next Healthy Heart workshop that’s scheduled for Sept. 6 will be the last one at the Rural Ministry location on Central Avenue. October’s Healthy Heart meal will be held at its new location.

As for the Coburn Building, nothing’s official yet on a new suitor. The city Assessor’s Office says its received no paperwork on a transaction. Two parties are reportedly interested in the building, however.

And, late last week, Andrew’s Ribs announced it would be moving to one of the Rural Ministry locations at 131 Central Ave.

Seven of the eight parcels in the Coburn Block are owned by Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. The other parcel was formerly Biker Bob’s.

At the end of September 2015, the north end cap of the building collapsed onto Central Avenue. The rubble was cleared away, but circumstances surrounding the owner of the new end cap’s death led to deterioration of the corner.

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