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

Show Thanks This Thanksgiving

Each year, Thanksgiving reminds us how much we have to be grateful for. And, one of the best ways to show gratitude is to give back. As the holiday approaches, think taking some time to warm the hearts of others.

Here are some great ways to show thanks this Thanksgiving:

Provide dinner for a family in need. Many families don’t have the means to enjoy a lavish feast around the dinner table on Thanksgiving. This year, make the holiday one to remember for a hungry family. You can donate a complete dinner through your local church or community outreach organization. Visit Feeding America to find more ways to join the fight against hunger.

Deliver food to a homeless shelter. If you live in Los Angeles, for example, Union Rescue Mission serves upwards of 4000 meals on Thanksgiving Day. You can also volunteer your time and help serve food at your local shelter.

Visit a local nursing home. Elderly nursing home residents frequently spend the holidays alone. You can make their day simply by spending some time with them.

Give the gift of life. Donating blood or platelets is a great way to give back.

Make (or adopt) a furry friend. Animal shelters are always in need of a helping hand.

Extend an invitation. If you know someone who will be alone for the holidays, make them feel loved by inviting them to your family's Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Donate to a favorite charity. There’s a good chance your house is filled with things you don’t need. Gather up your gently used toys, clothes and furniture, and deliver them to the Salvation Army, Goodwill another charitable organization in your community. such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t the only time you should give back. You can search for new and interesting organizations and volunteer activities all year on VolunteerMatch.org.

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