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 Start (and Keep) a Healthy New Habit

How to Start (and Keep) a Healthy New Habit

With the new year comes new goals, new ambitions and new horizons to set our eyes on. Last year is a thing of the past; now, we’re ready to accomplish something bigger and better in 2018. For some of us, that may be focusing on aspects of our health we let fall by the wayside—whether that be physical, emotional or mental health.

Unfortunately, starting our new healthy habit isn’t the problem—keeping it is. Many new year habits and goals ultimately end in failure; they last for the first few weeks of the year before dwindling into forgotten territory. Luckily, maintaining a habit is doable when set up for success. If you want to be start (and keep) a healthy new habit this year, check out these useful tips.

Make your goal attainable.
The first step in setting your healthy habit is being sure it’s something you can actually accomplish. Let’s be real: losing 50 pounds in a month is probably not going to happen, nor is it a healthy goal. But losing 50 pounds over six months is definitely more realistic and attainable.

By choosing unrealistic goals, you already set yourself up for failure and disappointment. When you choose habits that may not be as “exciting, but fit more into a the lifestyle you’re already living, you make your goals more achievable just by deciding on realistic expectations.

Set clear definitions.
Step number two: make sure your habits are clearly defined. “Eat more vegetables” is a healthy aspiration, but what does that really mean? When are you going to eat vegetables; how much is “more”? When your goals have loose definitions, they’re easier to misinterpret or avoid entirely, resulting in a less-than successful experience.

For example, a more defined goal instead may be: “Eat five servings of vegetables each day.” This goal has the same agenda as the first, but with more defined boundaries, so it’s easier to understand and take practical steps towards accomplishing.

Tell somebody.
Once you have your healthy habits decided on and defined, tell someone. As silly as it may sound to sit down with a friend or family member and list off your goals for the new year, the practice actually dramatically increases the odds of your overall success.

When we tell other people our goals, they hold us accountable when things become more challenging and we feel like giving up. Telling others the habits we want to establish gives us a support system, encouragement and—most importantly—the goal of being successful for someone else’s sake.

Track your steps.
Once you’ve begun working towards accomplishing your goals, encourage progress by continuing to track your steps. Set smaller goals along the way, so you can continually feel accomplished throughout the process.

For example, losing 50 pounds may seem like a huge, far-off goal, but losing two pounds by Friday is much more manageable. Track your steps and remember it takes an average of three weeks to establish a habit, so be patient with yourself. Follow your progress and celebrate the little accomplishments that lead you even closer to your ultimate goal.

Get back up.
The road to your new healthy habit is definitely going to be challenging at times, but when you fall off course, just remember to get back up. No one accomplishes their goals overnight, so don’t worry if you make a couple of mistakes here and there. The most important thing is to keep your eyes on the end goal and focus on its overall success.

This new year, start off right by living more altruistically… for yourself. Establish new, healthy habits and goals to accomplish in 2018. If you want to better your lifestyle, be sure to establish attainable, defined, known goals, and—with a little effort—your habits will fall into place.

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