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

You Can Alleviate the World’s Greatest Health Risk

The daunting and sometimes demoralizing statistics about world hunger communicate a pressing message. Last week’s World Hunger Day (October 16) reminded people that the world is in desperate need of food redistribution. On World Hunger Day news outlets and political figures shared the troubling facts most of us knew but often forget; that hunger is the world’s greatest health risk, that more women are hungry than men, and that almost 900 million people are malnourished.

It’s a scary reality to which we’ve somehow grown accustomed. But the recent observance of World Hunger Day can shake us awake.

Some people point to the population as a reason for the world’s hunger. But that’s more excuse than explanation. In truth, there is enough—more than enough. In fact, the earth can accommodate more than its current population. So what’s the issue? Our food resources are not evenly distributed. But that’s a solvable problem you can address immediately, in your own community.

Food Foragers
Carefully consider your immediate surroundings. Look more closely at the people around you. You may be surprised to discover the hungry people in your environment. For example, hungry people live in your neighborhood. Your children’s classmates often go home to empty cupboards and sleep with a growl in their tummies. What opportunities are there to help these people? Rest assured, there are many.

Please Pass the Food
To begin with, volunteer at a soup kitchen. Working at a soup kitchen or even a homeless shelter is one of the most direct and practical ways to feed the hungry. Especially with cold weather and the holidays looming, your local chapter definitely needs your help. And a Thanksgiving spent volunteering at a soup kitchen may be the most gracious holiday celebration ever.

Food Staple Santa
Continue your generous Thanksgiving at the soup kitchen with holiday gift-giving. Instead of giving more fortunate family and friends presents this holiday season, donate to a charity that feeds the hungry. Tell loved ones you donated in their honor. You can also donate foodstuffs to the local food pantry.

On Food and Gender
Since there are more hungry women than there are men it makes sense to focus on helping the women and mothers in your community. Donate non-perishable food items to a women’s shelter, or children’s clothing and baby items to a social services agency. Volunteering for a nonprofit that supports single-parent families could help cash-strapped mothers too.

World Hunger Day was an important reminder of the people whom we may not have forgotten, but tend to ignore. We just need to take better care of each other. Make a goal to do something today—in your immediate surroundings—to feed a hungry person.

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