Welcome to St. Gianna Women's Homes

We assist women and their families fleeing domestic violence or who are being coerced into having an abortion. Each family is provided a safe and secure environment to deal with the trauma caused by the abuse, become self-sufficient and learn to develop healthy relationships in the future.

  • Who is St. Gianna?
    Who is St. Gianna?

    St. Gianna Beretta Molla was a modern-day physician and mother who sacrificed her life to save her unborn baby. In 1961, Gianna and her husband Pietro were expecting their fourth child. During her fourth pregnancy, Gianna developed a fibrous tumor on her uterus. Wanting to save the life of her unborn baby at all costs, she chose a more risky procedure, the removal of the fibroma. After the operation, complications continued throughout her pregnancy. Gianna was quite clear about her wishes, expressing to her family, “This time it will be a difficult delivery, and they may have to save one or the other -- I want them to save my baby.” On April 21, 1962, Good Friday of that year, Gianna went to the hospital, where her fourth child, Gianna Emanuela, was successfully delivered via Caesarean section. However, Gianna continued to have severe pain, and died of septic peritonitis one week after the birth. Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. Her husband Pietro and their last child, Gianna, were present at the canonization ceremony. She is the patron saint of mothers and families.

Our Impact

  • Women Helped Last Year

    35

  • Children Helped Last Year

    44

  • Nights of Housing Last Year

    17992

  • Babies Saved From Abortion Since Opening

    34

Keep the Season of Giving Alive

It seems that the holidays can bring out the best in some people. But just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean our giving spirit needs to stop. There are plenty of ways that you can continue giving back to others with the remaining traces of your holiday celebrations. Use these suggestions to keep the holiday spirit that you feel in December alive into the rest of the year.

No Returns Make Great Rewards
We’ve all been there. You open up that holiday gift and slowly realize that you have no idea what the gift is or even what it’s used for. Or maybe you received that sweater you had your eye on, but there’s no way you’re fitting into this two-sizes-too-big sweater. And then, when you look up to meet the excited eyes of the gift giver, instead of crushing their holiday spirit you exclaim how much you love “it”, whatever “it” is. You could take it back later. But instead, think about how you can give back.

In this case, the saying is true. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Just because you don’t have a use for whatever gift you’ve received doesn’t mean that somebody out there isn’t in need of that gift. And since it was a gift, why not keep the chain of kindness going. Sure, you could return it to the store and get some money back. But this is a perfect time to give back, and it didn’t cost you a penny in the first place. So donate your unneeded gifts to people who need them and maybe couldn’t afford them without your help.

Pass the Plate A Little Further
Holiday parties and gatherings are a staple during this time of year. And everybody always ends up bringing way more to eat than each person should be physically capable of consuming. This year, instead of letting that leftover ham or turkey go to waste, why not give it to somebody who could really use it? Bring that leftover food to families in need.

If you don’t have leftovers, try volunteering your time at a local food bank or soup kitchen. You can serve meals, or even just donate some canned goods. Think about how good it feels after you finish your big meal, and imagine the hunger that some people have all the time. It’ll make you appreciate what you have, and hopefully make you want to help others.

Time Can Be Better Than Money
Above all else, spending your time can be the most precious gift to give. Although material needs are always there, sometimes it is the gift of a real person and their time that can make the most difference. With your kids taking a break from school or your family visiting in town, this is a perfect time to get them involved and have them experience the power of giving back to a community. You’ll feel great about your deeds and will appreciate the things in your life that you might not have noticed before.

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