a story to tell...
Healthy and pleasant environments feature all the amenities, including those for the disabled. Common areas facilitate socialising and community life. The kitchen serves fresh food and menus tailored to different needs and diets, making for a varied and balanced food regime.
A weekly program of meetings and parties to promote integration and ensure hours of carefree enjoyment for all guests. All entertainment activities are integrated with healthcare activities to encourage a desire for a lively and positive social life.
The rooms, single or double, are comfortable and come with all accessories. Maintenance is constant to guarantee daily cleaning and healthy environments. Common areas are easily accessible from the rooms, even for guests who are not self-sufficient. Comfort, positivity and a family atmosphere make guests feel at home.
A donation is a gesture of the greatest social value, it is a very real help and gives us the means to acquire equipment and resources to improve the lives of the elderly and ease the onerous work of the staff and the volunteers who help us every day. Whoever helps others helps themselves and increases the value of solidarity and social and cultural advancement.
A story to tell...
"I wish that all my estate be used to establish in the city of Foggia a charity to give assistance to the elderly and needy." With these words, Maria Grazia Barone changed the history of the Daunian [northern Puglia] capital. The noblewoman of Foggia, wife of the Marquis Giacomo Celentano, former Mayor of Foggia in the years following the Unification of the Kingdom, made her will on 8 May 1900.
The eldest of five children, Maria Grazia Barone was born in 1844 in the street Vico San Giuseppe in the heart of the historic city, out of the love between mother Gaetana d'Ayala Valva and father Alessio Barone, who was Mayor of the city and persecuted by the Bourbon government before Italian Unification.
An eclectic figure, passionate about music to which she devoted herself studying the harp, an instrument that was the backdrop to her family life. Driven by her charitable soul and her Christian upbringing, Maria Grazia Barone dedicated her life to the poorest and most disadvantaged of her fellow citizens through the actions of her daily life and what she did in solidarity, in a period in history when the care of the needy in Foggia depended entirely on private charity.
Widowed and childless, Maria Grazia Barone, with careful attention to detail, decided to make a will in which she left all her considerable landed property to a foundation to be established for the elderly poor of her hometown.
In the text, Maria Grazia Barone, describes the aims of the foundation to be established.
Entrusted to the care of the "Sisters of the Poor", the Foundation would have the tasks of bringing aid to the home and nursing for the poor, creating on the premises of the Foundation a free daily canteen for poor families, welcoming foundlings and orphans with the right to remain in the Institute and, in the case of marriage, to have a dowry. She pointed out moreover that the wealth of the Foundation would increase every year by virtue of accumulated income and that a building would be constructed only when income allowed it so that its costs would not impact on capital.
In the 18 years after drawing up her will to donate all her possessions to the neediest citizens, Maria Grazia Baron did not modify the document and so on 9 November 1918, the day of her death in Naples, the original will had legal force.
Today, 170 years after her birth, we want to remember Maria Grazia Barone as the woman who gave birth to a social project that over the years has been a beacon for citizens of Foggia.
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