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

5 Ideas for Valentine’s Day Volunteer Dates

Valentine’s Day is just a little over a week away, which means you’re probably scrambling to come up with a fun and romantic way to celebrate with your favorite person. You could do the standard routine (flowers, candy, dinner, etc.), but why not shake things up a bit?

Going on a volunteering date will give you warm fuzzies in more ways than one. Not only will you get to spend quality time with someone you care about, you’ll also be doing something to help people in need. Here are some ideas for romantic volunteering this Valentine’s Day:

- Instead of spending money on an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant, spend the evening helping to feed others. Find a local organization that packages meals for the homeless, help out a backpack program that sends meals home with children who might not typically get food on the weekends, or offer to serve food at a soup kitchen. You probably wouldn’t remember a mediocre restaurant steak, but you’ll certainly remember a night when you contributed to feeding the hungry.

- There’s no better occasion for cuddling than Valentine’s day, so spend some time cozying up to adorable cats and dogs at a local animal shelter. Who knows? You just might fall madly in love and end up taking someone home.

- Get your hearts beating with a charity race. Several cities host Valentine’s Day races for causes like the American Heart Association. Do a little research to find the nearest race and lace up your sneakers. Crossing the finish line together will make for a very special memory.

- Are wedding bells ringing? If you’re planning to pop the question on the most romantic night of the year (or if you already have), spend part of the evening registering so that wedding guests can contribute to a cause of your choice. You’ll feel great knowing that the celebration of your love resulted in more good being done, and the likelihood of you receiving six toasters will greatly decrease.

- If you’re the couple that loves to have guests over, invite your friends to a Valentine’s Day dinner party. You can keep it simple or go all out with gourmet food and beautiful decorations. In exchange for your hospitality, request that your guests donate money to a charity of your (or their) choice. They’ll be grateful that they don’t have to scramble for last minute reservations and happy to have the chance to make a difference.

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