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 the Face of Climate Change for Earth Day 2013

All it takes is one person to make a difference in the world, and today is a better day to start than ever. Every year, April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day. More than 1 billion people from around the world will take part in activities to raise awareness and to preserve the environment.

About Earth Day
It started just 43 years ago, but has grown into a massive movement. And in a place where we live and work, the Earth still needs our help today. Each year on April 22, people around the word take part in activities to help raise awareness about environmental issues facing our planet.

One of the main messages of Earth Day is that education and awareness can make the world a better place. Then, more people can act. So whether you tell a friend, neighbor or an entire city, start spreading the word. The more people who know, the more people can help.

Start Locally, Grow Bigger
The Earth we populate is a massive place. Billions of people inhabit every corner, from huge metropolitan cities to tiny remote villages. Trying to keep the entire place beautiful and clean is seemingly a daunting task. That’s why it’s best to start with what you know—your community.

Hold a neighborhood cleanup day to get your neighbors and friends to act on making a difference. Pick up trash, brighten waste areas or canvas a park to make improvements. Or, consider a major initiative for your community. If your community doesn’t have a recycling system in place, be proactive about making one happen.

Be the Face of Climate Change
Climate change affects different regions of the world in many different ways. Consider the ways it has affected you or your community. Maybe an extreme drought caused crops to suffer or sea levels rose to meet your home. Climate change doesn’t only affect the environment, it also affects the people and animals that inhabit the land.

For this year’s Earth Day, join the campaign to be the face of climate change. Submit a photo showing how you or your community has been affected by climate change. Then, submit a photo showing how you’re going to do something about it. Visit www.EarthDay.org to submit your photos and also to get ideas to help you put a plan into action for your community.

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