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

3 Facts for Autism Awareness

Shine a light on autism for Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Autism has increased in diagnosis in the United States recently, and yet is widely unrecognized. In fact, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S. and costs a family $60,000 a year on average. Even with those costs, there is still no cure for autism.

If you’re interested in learning more about autism from a personal perspective, read “The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida. Naoki is severely autistic and is unable to communicate without a keyboard. Take a moment to learn more about autism and teach others, too. Here are three facts for autism awareness:

The signs—Be aware of the signs of autism, because they may not be so apparent. Here are just a few: no big smiles or warm expressions by six months, no babbling by 12 months, no words by 16 months, any loss of speech or social skills at any age.

The treatment—Every child is unique, and since autism has a variety of severities, each treatment should be tailored to each child and each diagnosis. Although, it is strongly recommended that if autism is suspected in an infant or toddler, an early intervention therapy is started. There are many specialized autism therapists to help families.

Prevalence—In March 2014, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found in a new study that 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) is identified as having an autism disorder.

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