Woman's choice to save mothers, babies focus of 'Gimme Shelter'

10:10 AM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A powerful new movie is coming to Denver that has a true story at its core. "Gimme Shelter" is based on a woman who's worked non-stop to change the way shelters deal with teen mothers who've run from home.

"Gimme Shelter," set to release in theaters on January 24, stars Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, and James Earl Jones.

The film centers on pregnant teenager Agnes "Apple" Bailey ( Hudgens, practically unrecogniziable from her High School Musical Days) who flees her drug-ridden mother (Dawson) in search of a better life of her own. Turned away by her Wall Street father (Fraser), Apple is forced into the streets on a desperate journey of survival.

The film is inspired by a true David and Goliath story of Several Sources Shelters founder, leader and women's issues advocate, Kathy DiFiore and her powerful work to help women in need worldwide. Award winning filmmaker Ron Krauss lived personally in one of DiFiore's shelters for a year while making this film.

DiFiore has been lauded by Presidents and worked hand-in-hand with Mother Teresa to change shelter laws in New Jersey (the DiFiore Bill still exists today). But, on a day-to-day basis, her work is more about offering compassion and hope to women who are facing a crisis situation.

In another life, DiFiore had a successful career as a Wall Street executive. But she reached a defining moment when she realized one day that she was feeling spiritually unfulfilled.

One day, DiFiore asked for God's guidance while praying the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi ("Lord, make me an instrument of your peace..."). She says she felt inspired and motivated to do something unique.

What started as a personal project in her own home, grew to become the non-profit, Several Sources Shelters which encompasses five New Jersey facilities that have saved thousands of babies while sheltering young mothers, and providing them with education, ongoing support and guidance.

To learn more please visit: http://www.severalsourcesfd.org/ 

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