A 2019 Celebration: St. Gianna’s Place

Paid employment and blogging-for-the-love-of-it don’t always mix, as attested by the long stretches between posts this year on Leaven. I’ll start my 2019 review with a resolution for 2020: up my game. I’m as grateful for my readers as I am for clients.

In the last few days of the year, I’ll have an update on some New Hampshire life-issue bills filed for 2020. We’ll take a look at state-level races to be decided in next November’s election. I’ll throw in a few save-the-dates for 40 Days for Life activities and similar events. You’ll see links to some useful websites and apps. All this will be posted by midnight on New Year’s Eve, if all goes well.

For now, let the roundup begin with a cheer for the opening of St. Gianna’s Place.

“A safe harbor for mother and child,” says the organization’s tagline. It’s that, and more: a reminder to me that practical tenacity and seemingly-impractical faith are both essential when human beings are trying to care for each other.

The founders of St. Gianna’s knew they wanted to create a shelter for otherwise-homeless pregnant and parenting women in south-central New Hampshire. They created a board. They raised funds. They had a plan. One thing kept eluding them: an actual facility. The same real estate market that challenges aspiring homeowners in this area challenged the St. Gianna’s team.

2019 saw a breakthrough, with a church in Hudson making an unoccupied building available. To make a long story short – and in the process, to gloss over the efforts of many volunteers – St. Gianna’s Place is now up and running.

I take heart and encouragement from every person who helped make that happen. You can, too.

Read more about St. Gianna’s Place on its website. Maybe you can attend their next banquet; read about the first one here. There will be an ongoing need for donations and volunteers in support of the women and children served at St. Gianna’s Place.

Meeting a human-services need means coming up with more than just good intentions. The team behind St. Gianna’s Place has been up to the challenge.

Words to remember from President Obama

As Barack Obama vacates the White House, find inspiration in something he said in his second inaugural address.

“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.”

Perhaps someday he’ll understand that his words apply to children in the womb as well.

“Operation Baby Box” presentation June 1 in Newport N.H.

I’m pleased to pass on this announcement shared with me by way of New Hampshire Right to Life, Baby Steps Family Assistance Program, and Repurpurse by Maddie:

(flyer by Liza Regan)
(flyer by Liza Regan)

The text for you , in case the embedded image isn’t displayed:

Come to Assumption Hall of St. Patrick’s Parish in Newport, New Hampshire on June 1, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. for a Baby Box Presentation and raffle drawing. All are welcome to attend a short presentation about the Baby Box project, the movement behind bringing it to New Hampshire and our vision for this project. Light refreshments will be provided. 50/50 raffle tickets sold at the door. Evening will end with the raffle drawing. Hostess: Liza Regan from St. Patrick’s Parish, Repurpurse, Baby Steps. 

This isn’t a safe-haven baby box project, but rather an effort to provide expectant parents with a box full of baby clothing and supplies. More than a layette, this is going to be a way to welcome and celebrate new life.

Readers in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley (and beyond!), this sounds like a worthwhile presentation. I welcome reports from anyone who attends.