Amanda’s Gifts

Amanda Veraldi and her fiancé, Brett, will celebrate their wedding on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Like many brides-to-be, Amanda’s family planned a bridal shower for her. Amanda did not want a traditional bridal shower, but she loved the idea of having all the important women in her life come together to celebrate. She chose to have a “girl power shower” and sought to find a way to give to women in need to honor this special time in her life.

Growing up near Philadelphia, Amanda has fond memories of joining her family to visit and prepare meals for a shelter that cared for homeless men. Now living in New York City, Amanda searched for a shelter for homeless women who could benefit from her bridal shower.

Her Google search led her to The Dwelling Place. With the blessing of The Dwelling Place staff, Amanda asked each bridal shower guest to donate a set of twin size bed sheets that she would deliver to the shelter in their name. Along with the sheets, her family and friends also collected pajamas and slippers to add a more personal touch.


Amanda, her sister, Dana, and her soon to be sister-in-law, Moriah arrived at The Dwelling Place on Friday evening, August 3 with their “girl power shower gifts” and all the ingredients to prepare a Mexican dinner for the residents. Enjoy the pictures from the evening that capture the delight of Amanda’s gifts.

Join us in wishing Amanda and Brett the blessings of love and happiness on their wedding day and throughout their life together.

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  • Amanda Veraldi and her fiancé, Brett, will celebrate their wedding on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Like many brides-to-be, Amanda’s family planned a bridal shower for

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