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

4 Things All Children Need For Good Mental Health

In order for children to grow, learn and reach their full potential, they must have good mental health. But mental and emotional needs aren’t nearly as easy to identify as physical needs. While food, water and shelter are obvious requirements for a child’s well being, the factors that can impact his or her mental health status are less tangible. According to Mental Health America, these are four of the things that children need for good mental health:

- Physical health. A child’s physical health and mental health go hand-in-hand. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep all greatly benefit their emotional state.

- Unconditional love from family. An environment of love and acceptance at home is crucial. Children should know that even though they make mistakes and will continue to do so, they will always be loved and accepted for who they are.

- Self-confidence and high self-esteem. Building self-confidence in children requires thoughtfulness. Children should be encouraged to try new things even if failure is very possible, and they should be taught how to set realistic goals and deal with different outcomes. Adults should be careful not to put too much weight in giving praise and should always avoid making sarcastic or dismissive remarks when a child is dealing with failure.

- The opportunity for play. Though playtime might just seem like lighthearted fun, it is absolutely necessary for a child’s mental health development. Playing allows them to explore their creativity, and doing so with other children teaches them how to form relationships, problem-solve and cooperate with others.

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