Meet Cay Galgon

In Fall of 2007, MJ Muller, Cory Lamack, Laura Michaelis, and Genny Manzella were discussing the untimely passing of Cay Galgon and her commitment to unborn babies and special needs children. They talked about what an incredible woman she was and what a wonderful legacy she left. Somehow the conversation turned to doing something in her memory, in her honor. The idea of a maternity shelter was born, but it was not until May 2008 that the dialogue with Mary's Shelter of Reading began. Rob Snyder, of St. Joseph the Worker had also expressed a desire to open a maternity home. Chris connected Rob and Cory and the planning began.

It took two years, but in November of 2010, a decision was made that our maternity home would be a third site of Mary's Shelter of Reading. On February 14 2011, the Executive Board approved this plan the zoning process began. When that process was complete in August of that year, fundraising and planning began for shelter. In Nov 2011, it was announced that the name would be Mary's Shelter, The Cay Galgon Center, at the request of Cay's Family. Their generous donation was a solid foundation upon which we were able to build additional support. There were many sponsored rooms, bringing us to a total that allowed us to begin renovations in January, 2012.

In April the Cay Galgon Center welcomed its first resident. We were honored to have Bishop Barres, the Galgon Family, our Development Advisory board and countless donors and volunteers present for the official opening and building dedication of Mary's Shelter, Cay Galgon Center. There was a wonderful celebration former St. Simon and Jude Convent which had been newly renovated into a beautiful home for mothers and their babies.


Who was Cay Galgon?
Cay Galgon has always been described as a champion for the unborn and those with learning disabilities. She was the wife of Dr. John P. Galgon to whom she was married for thirty-seven years. She was born in Everett, MA, to Harold and Anna Tiernan along with siblings Bill, Robert, Ann, and Jane. Cay graduated from Regis College in 1956. Upon graduation, she taught at a mission parish in El Paso, Texas, and in Boston, MA. Subsequently, Cay became a recreation director for the Department of the Army in France, supporting American troops stationed in Europe. Later, she spent several years as assistant campus minister at Cedar Crest College and worked as a client advocate at the Lehigh Valley A.R.C. (Association for Retarded Citizens). Between 1965 and 1980 with John, she started their family, bringing six children into the world. Committed to actively shaping the world for her children and grandchildren, she was instrumental in starting or leading numerous organizations, including Birthright, Pennsylvanians for Human Life, and Parents of Downs Syndrome. She acted publicly and privately in support of these initiatives. Cay appeared on radio and television and spoke in elementary and high schools to advance the pro-life cause. She also invited unwed teen mothers to live in the Galgon home during their pregnancies. Cay established a scholarship for students of Mercy Special Learning Center, a wonderful school for children with learning disabilities, with which she had been active for twenty years. She volunteered with the Angel Shop in Allentown, whose proceeds went to Mary's Shelter in Reading. Her connection to Mary's Shelter was part of the inspiration for opening a maternity home in her name. Cay's legacy in these organizations was her tenacious and active fight for the defenseless in our communities, her buoyant smile and ready sense of humor. She loved God. She loved her husband and her family. She loved the world. Cay actively lived this love in small ways and large, in public and private, directly and through her efforts in the community, for all of her days.

This describes much of what Cay did - the physical milestones of her life. Going forward though, with the Cay Galgon Center, is her spirit. So let's dwell a moment on who she was.

Cay took charge. As the oldest daughter of five siblings, she felt a birth right to step forward and lead. And lead she did.

Cay had conviction, boldness, and courage. None of her causes were popular. But they were right. Cay certainly felt the sting of leading unpopular battles, but it never slowed her down.

Cay cherished her motherhood and tenderly loved her children. She wanted this love for all children and all mothers.

Cay was practical. She did small things, every day - collect blankets, ask for money, share a story, bring food - that made a difference.
 
 



Mary's Shelter
615 Kenhorst Blvd.
Reading, PA 19607
610-376-1973
office@marysshelter.org
Mary’s Shelter suppoprts families in the community and works to prevent homelessness through housing, education and social service programs. Cay Galgon Center
714 West Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-867-9546
cgc@marysshelter.org
In Fall of 2007, MJ Muller, Cory Lamack, Laura Michaelis, and Genny Manzella were discussing the untimely passing of Cay Galgon and her commitment to unborn babies and special needs children. They talked about what an incredible woman she was and what a wonderful legacy she left. Somehow the conversation turned to doing something in her memory, in her honor. The idea of a maternity shelter was born, but it was not until May 2008 that the dialogue with Mary's Shelter of Reading began. Rob Snyder, of St. Joseph the Worker had also expressed a desire to open a maternity home. Chris connected Rob and Cory and the planning began.

It took two years, but in November of 2010, a decision was made that our maternity home would be a third site of Mary's Shelter of Reading. On February 14 2011, the Executive Board approved this plan the zoning process began. When that process was complete in August of that year, fundraising and planning began for shelter. In Nov 2011, it was announced that the name would be Mary's Shelter, The Cay Galgon Center, at the request of Cay's Family. Their generous donation was a solid foundation upon which we were able to build additional support. There were many sponsored rooms, bringing us to a total that allowed us to begin renovations in January, 2012.

In April the Cay Galgon Center welcomed its first resident. We were honored to have Bishop Barres, the Galgon Family, our Development Advisory board and countless donors and volunteers present for the official opening and building dedication of Mary's Shelter, Cay Galgon Center. There was a wonderful celebration former St. Simon and Jude Convent which had been newly renovated into a beautiful home for mothers and their babies.


Who was Cay Galgon?
Cay Galgon has always been described as a champion for the unborn and those with learning disabilities. She was the wife of Dr. John P. Galgon to whom she was married for thirty-seven years. She was born in Everett, MA, to Harold and Anna Tiernan along with siblings Bill, Robert, Ann, and Jane. Cay graduated from Regis College in 1956. Upon graduation, she taught at a mission parish in El Paso, Texas, and in Boston, MA. Subsequently, Cay became a recreation director for the Department of the Army in France, supporting American troops stationed in Europe. Later, she spent several years as assistant campus minister at Cedar Crest College and worked as a client advocate at the Lehigh Valley A.R.C. (Association for Retarded Citizens). Between 1965 and 1980 with John, she started their family, bringing six children into the world. Committed to actively shaping the world for her children and grandchildren, she was instrumental in starting or leading numerous organizations, including Birthright, Pennsylvanians for Human Life, and Parents of Downs Syndrome. She acted publicly and privately in support of these initiatives. Cay appeared on radio and television and spoke in elementary and high schools to advance the pro-life cause. She also invited unwed teen mothers to live in the Galgon home during their pregnancies. Cay established a scholarship for students of Mercy Special Learning Center, a wonderful school for children with learning disabilities, with which she had been active for twenty years. She volunteered with the Angel Shop in Allentown, whose proceeds went to Mary's Shelter in Reading. Her connection to Mary's Shelter was part of the inspiration for opening a maternity home in her name. Cay's legacy in these organizations was her tenacious and active fight for the defenseless in our communities, her buoyant smile and ready sense of humor. She loved God. She loved her husband and her family. She loved the world. Cay actively lived this love in small ways and large, in public and private, directly and through her efforts in the community, for all of her days.

This describes much of what Cay did - the physical milestones of her life. Going forward though, with the Cay Galgon Center, is her spirit. So let's dwell a moment on who she was.

Cay took charge. As the oldest daughter of five siblings, she felt a birth right to step forward and lead. And lead she did.

Cay had conviction, boldness, and courage. None of her causes were popular. But they were right. Cay certainly felt the sting of leading unpopular battles, but it never slowed her down.

Cay cherished her motherhood and tenderly loved her children. She wanted this love for all children and all mothers.

Cay was practical. She did small things, every day - collect blankets, ask for money, share a story, bring food - that made a difference.
 
 


Mary's Shelter
615 Kenhorst Blvd.
Reading, PA 19607
610-376-1973
office@marysshelter.org
 
Cay Galgon Center
714 West Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-867-9546
cgc@marysshelter.org