Mariano Rivera Helping Rebuild Church In New Rochelle

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It’s a save of a different kind.

Mariano Rivera is a star pitcher with the New York Yankees. But in New Rochelle, he’s hit a home run.

His Pentecostal congregation is going to fix up the crumbling North Avenue Church, which dates to 1891.

It’s abandoned. A stone wall has been toppled. The slate roof has holes.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams In New Rochelle

“Without this kind of a deal, it probably would either have just demolished or fallen down. It really sends a strong message that no matter who you are you still have to be involved in your community,” says City Manager Charles Strome. “He really appears to be a deeply religious person and this is deep in his heart.”

Strome said when Rivera saw the building he fell in love with it.

Beyond a house of worship, Rivera hopes to make it a fixture in the community. Plans also call for a day care center, after school programs, a food pantry, and a clothing closet.

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  • j.j.

    Pool party at Mariano’s house.

  • James pena

    There is more joy in giving than receiving. May God continue to bless Mariano in addition to the talent already given him to pitch the way he does. Truly a class act.

  • Richard Pagli

    It will be known as “The Church Rivera built”

  • Shirley Ranz

    Considering the fact that he never pitches before the 9th inning, he probably has time to build it himself.



  • JNB

    A great gesture from a good man…
    Once again Mariano shows that he is first class

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