December 21, 2023 | Local News
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

The future St. Gianna Crisis Pregnancy Home in Bowling Green is seen several days after the Dec. 9 storm, in which it suffered damage. COURTESY OF ST. GIANNA HOME

St. Gianna’s moving forward after storm damage

BY WKC STAFF

The future St. Gianna Crisis Pregnancy Home – which is slated to open on the property of Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green in spring 2024 – sustained damages in a Dec. 9 storm, but the organizers are optimistic.

According to a press release, “Several large trees fell on the grounds, including one that was uprooted and toppled onto the house, which caused structural issues and put a hole in the roof. The detached garage and storage shed were completely destroyed. Some appliances, baby items, and furniture that were being stored in the garage for the opening of the house were also lost.”

No one was injured, and thanks to a flood of community support, most of the cleanup was accomplished in one day.

“Repairs are just beginning and while we are not yet certain, this is possible, we still hope to open in the spring,” said Kathy Byrne, one of St. Gianna’s house directors.

Fellow house director, Missy Monroe, called the experience “a blessing in disguise” and said news about the damage has increased exposure – and support – for the home.

“I think God will help us use this to our advantage,” said Monroe.

The home stated in a message sent to local parish bulletins that Gill’s Tree Service, whom they used to remove the fallen tree, trimmed other trees on the property without charge to help prevent future problems. Los Mariachis, a local restaurant owned by parishioners of Holy Spirit, provided a free lunch for the cleanup volunteers.

The message went on to share that “Along with the miracle of skid steers, tractors, and the many volunteers who came together from the Good Samaritan’s ministry, Holy Spirit Church, and St. Joseph’s Church to work on cleanup of the property, work anticipated to take a week was completed for the most part in one day. Many, many thanks to all who have labored, donated, prayed or been involved in any capacity in helping with this monumental task!”

To learn more about St. Gianna Crisis Pregnancy Home, visit stgiannacph.org.

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