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

United Nations International Day of Happiness

The United Nations focuses strongly on “the pursuit of happiness” as “a fundamental human goal.” The International Day of Happiness was first recognized in 2012 and increases public awareness about happiness and life aspirations as a part of international public policy. Social isolation has become an epidemic, seemingly “twice as deadly as obesity,” according to the United Nations. Here are three ways to celebrate and spread a little happiness in your community:

Join Happiness Actions—In major cities, happiness gatherings are organized to share positive, optimistic thoughts and increase community connection. Activists wear bright “happy” colors and hold signs that say, “You are loved!” and “You are awesome!”

Share Online Positivity—Online relationships are equally crucial to a person’s well-being as in-person relationships. Low web-esteem, a term that defines one’s self-esteem as determined by the internet, can even increase depression and negative thoughts. Share a fun photo, *cyber-hug* someone or like someone’s posts to share positivity.

High-Fives and Random Hugs—There are many groups around the world that organize outside of International Day of Happiness, but have a similar goal: to increase human connection. Get some friends together to share hugs and high-fives. This may sound ridiculous, but it spreads so much positivity and smiles, that a little silliness is worth it.

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