In his work with the neediest young people Don Bosco noticed that "among the young they found those so poor and abandoned that for them any concern was useless without a place where they could be provided with accommodation, food and clothing". For this reason, the Salesians of Foggia have made great efforts to obtain a "Family Community" capable of welcoming minors in difficulty. And now their dream is about to come true.
In the Candelaro district, one of the most lacking in educational opportunities in the city, efforts will be made to give more to those who have had less from life. The future "home" will be a small supportive village where education, love and sharing shall act as a hub. The family home will be managed by the Salesian association "Piccoli Passi Grandi Sogni aps" which is present with three other communities for minors in Puglia and which animates another four in southern Italy.
Before the opening of "Casa Gio", on the morning of Friday 16 July, a conference on educational poverty will take place at the Salesians of Foggia. It will be introduced by Fr Gino Cella, Director of the house in Foggia, and which will see the intervention of the archbishop of Foggia-Bovino, Msgr. Vincenzo Pelvi; the President of the Puglia Region, Michele Emiliano; the Extraordinary Commissioner of Foggia, Marilisa Magno; together with other civil authorities and the Third Sector. The conclusions will be entrusted to Fr Angelo Santorsola, Provincial Superior of the Southern Italy Province (IME).
"'Gio' like the founder of the Salesians Giovanni Bosco loved to sign himself; and 'Gio' as a home for giovani, young people. A community that will accommodate 10 adolescents injured by family experiences, children who need an educational recovery, but also unaccompanied foreign children in a residential manner," explained Fr Antonio Carbone, President of the association "Piccoli passi grandi sogni, Small steps big dreams".
Saturday 17 July, then, will see none other than Don Bosco's X Successor, Fr Á.F. Artime, preside over a solemn Eucharistic celebration and the blessing of the new family home, accompanied by the Councilor for the Mediterranean Region, Fr Pérez Godoy.
“Casa Gio” was made possible thanks to the direct support of the Salesian Headquarters in Rome, many benefactors, the DON BOSCO NEL MONDO Foundation, the “Salesians for Social APS” and the Puglia Region.