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

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is a prevalent problem and causes many detrimental effects. Depression, low self-esteem and suicide are a few outcomes of prolonged bullying. According to StopBullying.gov, “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”

Bullying comes in the three forms: Verbal, social and physical. Bullying can range from teasing and name-calling to spreading rumors and hitting. Bullying usually occurs at school, and according to StopBullying.gov, “About 20% of students in grades 9-12 experienced bullying.” National Bullying Prevention Month presents an opportunity to learn more about the prevalence of bullying and how to stop it. StopBullying.gov outlines 5 steps to take to stand against bullying:

Assess bullying in school— Talk to your children about bullying in their school. Are they bullied? Are they bullying another? Is it verbal, social or physical or a combination? Take a step further and talk to the school psychologist to grasp the bullying situation at school.

Engage the community— Educate parents about the signs of bullying and bring the issue to light. Create a unified message against bullying at schools in the community. Form committees and routine meetings to discuss efforts to stop bullying.

Create policies and rules— Assess the school code of conduct and any published statement of bullying. Create a mission statement against bullying and craft an effective reporting system for students and staff.

Build a safe environment— Establish the school environment as open and accepting. Use school newsletters, parent meetings and assemblies to establish a positive school atmosphere.

Educate students and staff— Create bullying prevention education materials and distribute throughout the school. Hold informational sessions and speak to classrooms. Provide students and staff with skills to stop, prevent and report bullying.

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