Yankee helps save New Rochelle church slated to be destroyed

New York Yankee Mariano Rivera is helping to rebuild the faith at a New Rochelle church that was set to be knocked down.

Rivera, who used to live in New Rochelle, has been looking for a new building to house his 90-member church, the Refugio de Esperanza. When he saw the North Avenue Church, which the city took over years ago, he says he knew it was their new home.

Rivera and his congregation plan to invest about $3 million to fully renovate the church. The plan is to open their doors to all that want to come; he says his main goal is reaching out to the youth of the city.

Once he retires, Rivera says he plans to devote most of his time to the church and do whatever he can to help restore the 104-year-old building to its former glory. To watch the news conference by New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera about his effort to fix up a New Rochelle church, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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