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

#GivingTuesday: What Is It and How to Participate

#GivingTuesday occurs on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, it falls on December 3rd. And the mission is quite simple: create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season, “by encouraging charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.”

Leading up to the day, you can sign up to become a social media ambassador (check out givingtuesday.org for the sign up details) and spread the word to your community. In signing up, you’ll brainstorm with others how to inspire people to participate in this movement, give back in smarter ways and help the world on this special day. They stress that their success is based on assembling a group of diverse individuals—sound interesting? Give their website a peek.

If social media doesn’t suit your fancy, consider submitting a story for the #GivingTuesday community. They’re looking for people to write stories on past and future #GivingTuesday endeavors. Posts can be short (450 words or less) and include things like “Why did you chose to participate in #GivingTuesday?” or “What are your plans for #GivingTuesday this year?” or “Share an example of how you are making an impact.”

While these jobs leading up to the event surely help make their cause an even bigger success, the most important thing you can do is commit to participating in this day of giving back.

Assemble a group of family members (perhaps encourage them to extend their Thanksgiving trip to volunteer together), find a group of friends, a neighbor or even go out and make a difference by yourself. No matter the logistics, this is a day encouraging you to give back in any way you can think of. Get creative, have fun and thank you for making a difference in your community.

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