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

6 Ideas for December Volunteering

Now that the Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to focus your volunteer efforts on the wonderful month of December. With extra time off and family in town, it’s an ideal time to give back (especially to those who need a little help to make their holiday celebrations joyful).

Get a group together and pick one of these ideas to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter:

1. Live in a snowy place? Volunteer to be on call to scoop your neighbor’s driveway. Ice and snow can be a dangerous combination for older people—get your family together to make quick work of their driveway and save them a potentially hazardous house chore.

2. Do you play the guitar? What about the piano? Consider getting a group of carolers together and go spread some holiday cheer at a local retirement home. Even if you’re a little tone-deaf, your effort and smiles will be enough to make their night.

3. Several studies support the findings that there is a spike in domestic violence around the holiday season. With this being the case, women’s shelters are often in greater need for supplies. Pick up some extra toiletries next time you’re out, look for a few items of clothing you’re willing to donate, or buy a few toys for the mothers and children that will be spending the holiday season in a shelter.

4. Perhaps the little ones in your family have all grown up, leaving a void of Lego and Barbie shopping. The solution? Look into philanthropies that donate toys to underprivileged children, or kids in orphanages or foster care. It can be a wonderful experience picking out a special toy for a little one.

5. Perhaps the furry population has a special place in your heart. With winter weather, animal shelters also see a rise in residents. Purchase extra food or treats, disinfectant, laundry detergent, paper towels, kitty litter, pet pillows or other supplies your local shelter is running low on. (Or better yet, adopt your new best friend.)

6. Many nonprofits in your area will be having a holiday fundraising event. Select one that stands out to you and make a donation. It’s simple, but makes a huge impact for that charity and in your community.

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