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

Ideas for Commemorating Memorial Day with Service

Memorial Day’s meaning gets a little clouded by the last Monday in May. Your neighbor may prep his boat for a day at the lake, and your coworkers are probably abuzz with excitement over spending a vacation day shopping or picnicking. But how will you spend it?

It’s important to take time to relax on Memorial Day—it is, after all, the unofficial start of summer vacation. But we’re inclined to think that a Memorial Day spent entirely on you is a Memorial Day wasted. Include in your Memorial Day celebration some commemoration of the fallen service members who inspired it.

Write Stuff
Cheer up deployed service members with a surprise note or care package. Receiving mail from home will do more than temporarily lift their spirits. It will also remind military personnel how much you appreciate them. Plan to mail your parcel the Saturday before or the Tuesday after Memorial Day, since the post office will be closed on Monday.

Help Out(doors)
Surprising as it may be, cemeteries actually need volunteers. Let Memorial Day be the first of many days you honor veterans who died in battle. Helping out at a local veteran’s cemetery is a very practical way to honor fallen service members. Find out if your local cemetery needs help mowing lawns, raising and lowering flags when appropriate or removing litter.

You can also volunteer for an individual veteran. Aged or disabled veterans may especially be in need of your assistance, whether your help involves yard work or fetching groceries.

Join In
Look around the community for Memorial Day activities that you’re interested in. Sometimes attendance can make or break Memorial Day traditions, so supporting them is an important way to keep these cultural events going. Attend parades or speeches given by veterans in your community.

Donate
Sacrifice something of your own this Memorial Day. You can give up or giveaway necessities or luxuries as a way to connect with the ultimate sacrifice made by fallen service members. Your sacrifice—whether it’s a food, clothing or blood donation—may pale in comparison to the sacrifices commemorated on Memorial Day, but it’s still a way to honor others.

Express Yourself
If nothing else, thank a veteran the next time you see one. Volunteering and expressing your gratitude to veterans doesn’t have to begin and end on Memorial Day.

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