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

3 Pool Safety Tips to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe

The smell of sunscreen, ice cream and chlorine is in the air. That can only mean one thing: it’s summer swimming season. But before you and your little munchkins jump in for a dip, we’ve got some startling statistics to share with you.

Drowning ranks 5th in the causes of unintentional deaths in the United States. Approximately 10 people die per day—and children under the age of 5 represent 75% of pool related deaths.

So in preparation for all of those trips to the community pool, take a look at our pool safety tips below to ensure that everyone is enjoying the pool in a fun, safe environment.

Be Attentive
46% of kids drown while being watched by both parents at the pool. How is this possible? Distractions—cell phones, reading materials and other temptations will have to be resisted while watching your young one at the pool. When you’re on lifeguard duty for your child, be engaged and committed to watching them constantly.

Also never leave them unattended. If you need to use the restroom, grab something from the car or leave for any reason, insist that they get out of the pool and come with you. A child can drown in less than an inch of water in only 30 seconds—meaning even if you plan on being gone and back quickly, you could be putting your child at risk.

Don’t Rely on Floaties
Floaties are not equivalent to and should never be used as a substitution for supervision. They give parents and other pool goers a false sense of security for young kiddos in the water. However, floaties have a tendency to shift their weight, pop and be unreliable in a myriad of other ways. Use only Coast Guard approved flotation devices and be sure they fit your little swimmer properly, and be sure to still keep a watchful eye on them at all times.

Teach Them Safety
Arguably the best way to prepare kids for going to the pool is to teach them basic water safety. Make sure they know how to tread water, float on their backs and get to the edge of a pool and hang on before letting them get in the pool alone. Look into swimming lessons at gyms or community pools for proper instruction and preparation before those regular trips to the pool.

We’re all for letting your kids enjoy one of the greatest delights of childhood: splishing and splashing in the pool with pals. But you can help avoid the worry and anxiety that comes with taking little ones to the pool by being prepared with water safety knowledge.

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