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

Why You Should Allow Your High School Student to Take a Gap Year

If you’ve got one of those high schoolers lying around, you’re realizing you have only a few more years to get them ready to leave your nest. Dig back into the corners of your memory and remember 18 year-old you. You had big plans. Right? And for many of us the plan included jumping right into college. Then you watched your freshman year roommate meander through three majors that first year. You, on the other hand, were right on track. Right?

Kids these days are embracing the notion of a gap year. It has become a right of passage in the UK for generations. A gap year is when a high school senior takes a year or so to do life before entering college. Parents can be hesitant about gap years for a number of reasons, but we’re here to debunk the myths those parents have.

Myth: “My kid will forget how to study.”
If your child is college bound, they’ve been working hard to get the grades necessary to get into your alma mater. Pushing even the best students right into college where they have to adjust to independent study habits—while burnt out—may bring them right back home as a drop out. Students who take a year off report increased energy and enthusiasm for school.

Myth: “My kid won’t get into a good school.”
Taking a gap year actually can improve the chances of getting into a good school. Many schools allow deferrals for a gap year—or semester—because students who take gap years report higher grade point averages.

Myth: “My kid will fall behind his peers.”
Remember your freshman roommate who changed majors three times? Gap year students typically explore their interests during their time in the real world and come back having discovered their true passions. Gap year students typically don’t change majors, so they end up ahead. And really, what’s the rush to get into the workforce? You know what that’s like.

Myth: “I don’t have the money.”
Gap years can be achieved on any budget. And if you plan it right, you can actually save more money for college before enrolling. Gap years can consist of anything from backpacking Europe to helping an aging grandparent. Gap years are an interest of ours because some students choose to give back to causes they care about; and we think that’s cool.

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