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

Plan to Have a Greener Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up in a few short weeks, and it’s time to think about planning for all your guests. It can be overwhelming to plan for so many people, clean the house, do all the grocery shopping, but don’t lose sight of the purpose of the holiday: to give thanks. Appreciate the world around you by having an eco-friendly Thanksgiving meal. According to life.gaiam.com, here are a few twists to “greenify” your delicious Thanksgiving:

Cook organic food—Give thanks to your local farmers by buying their food at co-ops or farmer’s markets. If something you need is out of season, then shop organic at a grocery store. These foods will have a low carbon footprint and be more delicious.

Reuse to-go containers—Fight climate change on turkey day by asking guests to bring their own reusable containers. “Every year, Americans use enough plastic wrap to cover the entire state of Texas.” Be mindful of how you store your leftovers this year.

Use china and cloth napkins—Paper plates, napkins and plastic silverware may be easy to clean up, but the environmental impact is lasting. “The average American uses 2,200 two-ply paper napkins per year- which adds up to 662 billion napkins being added to the landfill on an annual basis.” Be green: use cloth napkins and dinner plates.

Compost leftovers—If you’re lucky enough to be able to grow a garden in November, don’t forget to compost the leftovers from Thanksgiving. Potato peels, carrot peels and cranberry sauce can all be added to a compost pile.

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