Though, at the turn of the century, Gloversville used to boast the title of “Glove Capital of the World” when it was home to over 200 leather and glove mills, it is now a mere shell of the days past. What used to be a hotbed for tourists and show business; including the Famous Schine Theater (which was regularly attended by George Burns and was the favorite theater of the Schine Brothers) has now become a boarded up city that bears the title of “the poorest community in New York State”. With a population of roughly 15,000 people, a median income of $26,500 and 19.3% of the people living below poverty level; Gloversville has seen a steady increase of drug use and crime as buildings have been abandoned and people have moved out of town to find work.
But, that is not the end of the story for this beautiful community situated at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and surrounded by 44 lakes. Though the city may not be as glorious as it once was, Christ is still who He is and He is the hope for the hurts and pains that plague this area. This story is far from over and we’re grateful that Christ is the author of it.