January 30, 2018
Hello visitors and supporters of St. Gianna’s Place:
It’s been a while since we last updated this report, but a great deal of activity has happened since the last report in July of last year. Hopefully, we’re now on a more regular schedule and will attempt to provide at least a quarterly update in the future.
Activities over the fall and Christmas season have been proceeding at a break neck pace. On October 28th, we held our first major funding raiser for the fall in the form of a spaghetti dinner at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Derry, which included both live and silent auctions. For our first attempt at this event, we were pleasantly surprised at the number of volunteers and attendees who made the evening a roaring success, both as a fellowship and fundraising event. Through very generous donations from sponsors and volunteers, we were able to generate about $10,000 towards our capital fund for the eventual establishment of a home.
NH Right to Life also generously supported our efforts by providing a matching gift campaign, and Eversource selected our organization for a $1000 grant as part of its focus on the health and well being of community youth.
The month of November was sent primarily setting the stage for a Christmas newsletter and donation campaign. Both of those activities were generally very successful in raising additional capital funds for the organization.
The Board is continuing to concentrate on establishing a draft timeline of scheduled or planned events for the next calendar year including additional fund raisers, and a schedule for the production of newsletters and grass roots updates. In addition, the Board has been exploring the possibility of obtaining additional resources through a grant proposal process and trying to research any potential organizations that might be able to assist us in our endeavors. We would greatly appreciate it if anyone who reads this update and knows someone with a background in this type of grant proposal process would contact one of the Board members with that person’s contact information.
Many people who have spoken to various board members or founders have asked us when we’re actually going to open a physical location and begin serving residents. At this time, we don’t have a definite answer. Several members of the Board have been actively involved in looking at potential property sites. Although the original idea was to accumulate sufficient capital to be able to purchase a suitable local property, the Board continues to explore other options including the possibility of starting off “small” and possibility renting property with an option to buy as an alternative to waiting until we have accumulated sufficient capital to purchase a property outright.
We continue to develop our volunteers list, and continue our work in pulling together the Operations Plan and Resident Guide which will be at the core of the life skills training and support extended to the pregnant moms.
Finally, the Board is planning a brief retreat to be conducted at St. Patrick’s Church in Pelham on February 10th.
The Board wishes to express its continued appreciation for all of the support and efforts of our volunteers in helping to make St. Gianna’s Place a reality in the near future.
Andrew J Breuder, MD, Vice President
St. Gianna’s Place, Inc.
July 26, 2017
Hello visitors and supporters of St. Gianna’s Place,
It has been beautiful to witness the generous outpouring of support from many of you over the past few months. There have been numerous people raising their hands high in the air to support the mission of St. Gianna’s Place. People are asking “What can I do?” We see it time and time again. We have seen many contribute their old household goods to our yard sale which was held in Derry on June 24th. Contributions came from everywhere including the donation of the storage container from the generous folks at Fortin Modular Storage Co. I am very pleased to report that after typical yard sale expenses, we netted over $1,957. You should have seen all the crumpled dollar bills we amassed that Saturday morning and afternoon. Thank you to everyone who supported our yard sale and thank you, Dennis, for taking the proceeds to the bank!
The good word is spreading, thanks to many of you. We have many volunteers lining up now. For instance, we have a volunteer doing a great job managing our web page, and another volunteer taking on the very important day-to-day correspondence and administration. Volunteers are signing up and choosing how they can best serve the mothers and babies once we open our doors (there are many more roles to fill, so just touch base with any of us, or email us at email@example.com with the subject line of “Count me in” and we will put your time and talent offering on the list).
Also, a great many of you have contributed your hard earned dollars to help support our future pregnant mothers who, with your help, will literally bring new life into this world. We have received contributions of $2, $50, $100, $300, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000, and many other contribution amounts that I can only imagine have stretched your family budgets. At this time, we have received over 78 separate donations and one gift card, and this tally increases daily. What’s more, I am happy to let you know that some of you have contributed more than once. We are extremely grateful you have chosen to support this mission. This truly is a grass roots movement which will need ongoing support, and I am so excited to be joining you and being a part of God’s plan for these future mothers and children.
And the momentum is just starting to pick up. We look forward to different members of the St. Gianna’s Place team to periodically update you on our progress, which in fact is your progress. If anyone has any leads on a multi-bedroom house in the Londonderry area, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any one of us at St. Gianna’s Place.
We are busy pulling together the Operations Plan and Resident Guide which will be at the core of the life skills training and support extended to the pregnant moms.
Before I close, there is one thing we will need that I humbly ask of you. Your prayers are essential as we move forward with our mission.
Thank you for your time and support.
My fellow St. Gianna’s volunteers and I look forward to working with you to bring hope, joy, and a bright future, as well as a renewed sense of self-worth to pregnant mothers in need.
Kevin C. Cronin, Treasurer
St. Gianna’s Place, Inc.