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

3 Great Ways to Make a Back-to-School Donation

August is almost halfway over, and that means that a new school year is right around the corner. Notebooks will need to be bought, pantries will need to be stocked and long division will need to be reviewed, all before the first day of school. It might seem like August and September are too packed with errands and activities to make a thoughtful donation, but these ideas will help you make a big difference without adding extra items to your to-do list:

- Donate school supplies. Many families can’t afford to purchase all of the school supplies their children needs. Check with your school or look for a local school supply drive. You can contribute anything from a pack of No. 2 pencils to backpacks.

- Ask principals, teachers, secretaries, nurses and other members of the school staff what they need. Often members of a school’s staff will pay for necessary classroom items out-of-pocket so that they don’t have to place an additional burden on students’ families. Asking them what supplies they need for their offices and classrooms is extremely kind and will ultimately benefit the entire school.

- Find a food backpack program. Several awesome organizations have backpack programs that send food home with children on nights and weekends so that they don’t have to go hungry or miss out on eating nutritious food. Before you go grocery shopping for all of the sack lunches you’ll be packing, check out one of these organizations’ list of food items that they’re looking for.

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