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

Be a Volunteer Survivor

Now you’ve gone and done it, or at least many of us have. January 17 has passed and with it National Ditch Your Resolution Day. Hopefully you’re still going strong with your resolutions, but to those of you that haven’t, read on. There’s still hope.

The television show “Survivor” says it all with their slogan. Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. And when it comes to resolving to volunteer more for nonprofit organizations, the hardest part may be outlasting that norm of ditching your resolutions so early in the year. Use these ideas to keep on track so that this year you’ve made a difference with your resolutions.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again
Sometimes, we want to set lofty goals. Maybe you committed to volunteer for an amount of time each week that you are now realizing will be impossible. You don’t have to feel bad if you can’t do what you set out to do. Just realize that it is never too late to adjust your goal. Cut back on hours, or maybe even find a different way to contribute. Nobody runs a marathon the first day of training, and you shouldn’t try to accomplish your highest goal right away. Be realistic so that you can feel good about completing the small steps, and eventually you will be able to work your way up to that big goal you set.

Remind and Motivate
The chances of you completing your goal are always increased when you have somebody cheering you on. Whether it’s your spouse, kids or close friends, have somebody who knows what you’re setting out to accomplish and who may even has the same goal. If you have somebody doing the same thing with you, you can both remind each other of the goal at hand and motivate each other to succeed. When somebody is depending on you, it makes it that much harder to give up on your goals.

Take It Day by Day
No matter what your goal, you need to make progress toward it every day. Maybe you have a set number of hours you want to put in each month toward volunteering at your favorite nonprofit. If that’s the case, a longer time period leaves you with more room to procrastinate, and then ultimately ends up hurting your chances of actually achieving your mission. To keep on track, make a list of things that you can complete for the nonprofit organization, and set weekly tasks to achieve your goals.

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