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

Altruistic Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Altruistic Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Happy April! April brings many joys with it—one of which being National Poetry Month. National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with millions of poetry fans demonstrating poetry’s important place in our culture. According to Poets.org, the largest goals for National Poetry Month include highlighting the extraordinary legacies of American poets, encouraging poetry reading among the culture and increasing the attention and support of poetry in education.

Poetry is a cultural art form which combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. When it comes to living an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways to get involved this National Poetry Month. Today we dive into a few ideas to get started.

1. Memorize a famous poem. Sounds simple enough, right? However, if you find a challenging poem, memorizing can be difficult. Try something new by memorizing a famous poem you enjoy, and see how much you can impress others with your hidden poetry talent.

2. Write a poem. One great way to celebrate National Poetry Month is by writing your own poem. Get creative and stretch your abilities to see if you have a hidden talent.

3. Collaborate on a poem with friends. If you really want to get out of your comfort zone, think about collaborating on a group poem with friends or family members. See if there are any writing or poetry programs in your community to get involved with and collaborate on poetry together.

4. Start a poetry reading group. Keep things going even beyond National Poetry Month by starting a poetry reading group with other interested friends, family or co-workers. Or, see about starting a group with people in your community who need teaching and support.

5. Read a poem each morning. Get in the spirit of things by selecting a new poem to read each morning this month. Share it with friends and family to start your day off on a high note.

6. Share a poem with students. If you’re a teacher, tutor or someone who spends time with students, share a poem with them to foster a love of poetry. Help encourage poetry writing and teaching in the classroom for years to come.

7. Buy a book of poetry. All your favorite poems in one place. Buy a poetry book so you can enjoy poetry this month, or pay it forward by donating a poetry book to someone or an organization you love.

8. Sign up for a poetry class. If you’re not sure about your poetry abilities, sign up for a class at your local after-school program, community center or nonprofit organization to learn more.

9. Write a Mother’s Day poem. Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is also just around the corner. Surprise your mother or a mother-figure in your life by writing a Mother’s Day poem to brighten her day.

10. Go to an open mic night and share a poem. Finally, go out on a limb and try something new this month by sharing a poem at an open mic night. Go to your favorite restaurant, cafe or local organization to see what events are available in the community. Whether it’s a famous poem or your own creation, the adventure is worthwhile.

Celebrate this National Poetry Month by learning more, trying it out for yourself and sharing the gift with others. Poetry is a beautiful way to express creativity, so have some altruistic fun and enjoy the stanzaic experience.

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