Shelters for unwed teens inspire film

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Hudgens star in a scene from the movie Gimme Shelter.

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James Earl Jones and Vanessa Hudgens star in a scene from the movie Gimme Shelter.

February 3, 2014

Every day, Kathy DiFiore, who helps young unwed mothers and their children with shelter and support, tells God that she wants to do his will.

“And if I’m not doing what he wants, he has a right to pick up his divine two-by-four, hit me over the head a couple times and I’ll pay attention,” she said.

DiFiore’s conviction that God repeatedly was asking her to share the stories of the mothers she works with eventually led to the movie Gimme Shelter, now in theatres.

The film tells the story of a teenager faced with desperate choices when she finds herself pregnant and homeless in New Jersey and how meeting people who care changes her.

The movie was inspired by events that took place in DiFiore’s shelters, which have been providing assistance to unwed mothers on the East Coast for more than 30 years.

Called Several Sources Shelters, the network includes a shelter for homeless women.

“I like everything involved with helping them solve their problems, bringing God into their lives, helping them to focus on motherhood, one baby at a time,” she said in an interview. “It is all about quality and not quantity.”