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

Make the Small Things Count

Ever notice how something small can sometimes end up turning around a crummy day? So when it comes to altruistic endeavors, you don’t have to take on a huge project to make a difference. There are opportunities in your everyday routine where you can make another’s day. Here are some everyday tasks that you can do to show those around you that you care. Remember that even the smallest activities can have a huge impact on the lives of others, and you have the power to make them happen every single day.

Call a Friend Just to Chat
We all get wrapped up in our lives, but you never know how much it means to your friends or neighbors when you want to hear about what is going on in their lives. Take a few minutes to call somebody that you haven’t caught up with in awhile, and listen to the things that have been going on in their lives. They’ll be thankful that you care about them, and it’ll help strengthen the connection that you’ve already established.

Tell Someone Why They Matter
Oftentimes we take for granted the things about people in our lives that make them special to us. Take time to think about what you admire in the people that are special to you. Then let them know. We all feel underappreciated sometimes, and think about how much it would mean to them if you told them what made them so special to you. You’ll be glad you did.

Give a Small Surprise
Maybe it’s just an ordinary day, but you feel like there’s something to celebrate. Stop by a convenience store before work and pick up your coworker’s favorite drink. Tell them you’re celebrating that it’s Tuesday, or any other day of the week. They’ll appreciate the small surprise that they didn’t know was coming. You could even make one day of the week a tradition to celebrate so that you both look forward to coming into the office on those days. There are a variety of other small gifts you could surprise a coworker or friend with that will cost you little to no money. Make sure you listen to what they like, and you’ll have no problem thinking of an idea.

Leave a Note
Surprise somebody special in your life with a handwritten note. We often send emails, text messages or other electronic messages. There’s just something about an old-fashioned, handwritten letter that shows somebody you spent time to write out a special message. They will appreciate your time and effort spent on it.

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