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

Celebrate a Safe 4th of July With These Fireworks Safety Tips

This 4th of July, people around the nation will light off fireworks. Unfortunately, thousands of these people will also be injured. Because of the popularity of fireworks, it’s easy to forget how dangerous they are. The best way to stay safe is to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals and watch a fireworks display that is planned and carried out by trained individuals.

If, however, you can’t bear to part with your fireworks tradition (and you know that it is legal to light them in your neighborhood), it’s important that you know these crucial safety tips:

- Buy only legal fireworks. Legal fireworks will have a label with directions and the manufacturer’s name, and the illegal ones will be unlabeled. Still not sure if your fireworks are regulated and permitted? Search online for a handy list of legal and illegal fireworks.

- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks in the US each year.

- Always have a bucket of water and/or fire extinguisher readily available. If something does go wrong, you’ll need to respond quickly.

- Never light a firework near another person. Fireworks can backfire, tip over, or shoot off in the wrong direction.

- If a firework doesn’t go off after being lit, don’t stand over it to investigate what went wrong or attempt to light it again. Simply put it out with water and discard it.

- Don’t wear loose clothing. The extra cloth could catch fire when you attempt to light the firework.

- Don’t allow children to use fireworks. Even fireworks that are thought to be more innocuous (like sparklers and firecrackers) are simply too dangerous for children to light.

- If you have pets, be sure that they are in a safe and secure area far away from the fireworks. It is likely that the loud noises will scare them. Try to find a safe and quiet place for them so they don’t get hurt.

- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away. This will ensure that they don’t accidentally ignite.

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