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

Celebrate Sunshine on the First Day of Spring

Celebrate Sunshine on the First Day of Spring

Happy springtime! Tomorrow, March 20th, marks the official first day of spring. Are you ready to celebrate? The time has to come to put away those winter coats and start breaking out the shorts and sandals as we embrace the cool, sunshine spring weather.

The first day of spring is definitely a time for celebration. So how can you enjoy the new sunshine of the season? Here are some ideas for how to live your best altruistic life and celebrate sunshine on the first day of spring.

Get outside.
Of course, what’s the simplest way to celebrate the first day of spring? Get outside! The weather might still be a little iffy coming out of winter, but if there’s a glimmer of sunshine, embrace it by getting outdoors and spending time in the cool spring weather. Go for a bike ride with friends, a picnic with family members or even a long walk by yourself for quiet time in the sunshine. Celebrate the new season and feel the rush of the fresh spring air in your lungs.

Clean up the community.
While you’re out and about, see what you can do to get involved and help clean up the community. Things tend to get a little messy during winter, so commit some of your time to an altruistic community cleanup effort. After all, springtime brings with it the famous spring cleaning, which can benefit both your home and your neighborhood.

Start a garden.
During the cleanup session, see how you can start or help maintain a garden—either your own or the community’s. Springtime symbolizes rebirth and new growth, so it’s the absolute perfect time to get your hands a little dirty in the mud by digging up, mulching and planting fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers in a garden. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be able to fully enjoy both the the figurative and literal fruits of your labor.

Do arts and crafts.
If you have little ones running around your home, then try celebrating springtime with them by doing various arts and crafts activities together. Paint a picture of a flower, dye an egg or get really creative and do a science experiment with a plant. Spring also has a multitude of holidays in it, so there are plenty of projects to choose from. Pick yours or your kiddos’ favorites to practice arts and crafts together.

Invite people into your home.
With the spring weather comes the wonderful option of opening up your doors and letting fresh air—and people—inside. Spring is the perfect time to invite friends, family and neighbors into your home to enjoy each other's’ company. Get to know someone new in your neighborhood, or get to know someone you’ve already met even better. Open up the doors, shake out the dust of winter, let fresh air in and bring in people to celebrate the new season with you.

Practice meditation.
Finally, the spring season is also a great opportunity to practice meditation in the beautiful weather. Do yoga, start a journal or simply take time to enjoy the quiet outdoors. Meditate on the new life and growth that spring represents, and consider what changes you can make in your life to bring about personal growth. Focus on internalizing peace and balance as you move forward into the season.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, which means it’s time to embrace the sunshine. Try out these ideas or some of your own to welcome in the new weather and celebrate a season of new life, growth and of course, sunshine.

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