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

How To Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and it is important to reflect on the freedom that he and his followers fought so hard for. King spoke eloquently on love rising above all: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Spread the love for all mankind by commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here are four ways to reflect on the amazing work by Dr King:

Volunteer for current causes—Dr. King expressed the importance of persistence of love and nonviolent activism. Take the day to volunteer to fight current injustices that plague our society. Whether it’s mentoring an underprivileged child or participating in a nonviolent demonstration, take a moment to appreciate the volunteerism of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Day march—Many communities around the nation have public demonstrations of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Research what events your community may be supplying to commemorate MLK Day. Many communities orchestrate MLK Day marches to reflect the road to freedom he spoke about.

Teach your kids—MLK Day is a great learning moment for children. Take your children to volunteer or to a MLK Day march and teach them about the civil rights movement. Talk to them about inequality and how Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Attend a human rights seminar—If you live near a college, inquire about a featured human rights seminar or speaker the college may be hosting. Many colleges and universities use MLK Day as a poignant learning moment and invite students as well as community members to critically think about the civil rights movement.

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