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 Travel Sustainably

On one hand, traveling expands our world and provides us with rich, one-of-a-kind experiences. On the other hand, traveling increases our carbon footprints greatly. Traveling is a fuel-guzzling experience from airplanes to cars to all the on-the-go disposable items we consume. But, there are ways to cut down on your personal carbon footprint while traveling the world. Here are three tips to travel sustainably:

Avoid bottled water—A simple way to cut down on landfill items is to carry your own water bottle. Look for descriptions of water bottles like “BPA-free” to avoid cancer-causing chemicals in plastics. Did you know the U.S. population consumes 1,500 plastic water bottles every second? Not to mention only 20 percent of water bottles are recycled. Pick up your own water bottle to help the environment.

Take public transportation—Although this may not be viable to every place you travel, take public transportation as much as possible. Public transportation reduces pollution by 40 percent. Look into metro lines in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Every hotel provides public transportation maps; all you have to do is ask.

Eat, drink locally—Before you travel, scout out fun, local restaurants, bars and farmer’s markets to visit that feature local food producers. On average, our food travel 1,500 miles before ending up on our dinner plate. Support local food producers that use less pollution. Buying food locally eliminates all that fuel-guzzling.

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