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

Promote Volunteering for Development

We all want to live in a better world. And with a little promotion, you can get others excited to volunteer, helping improve the place we all call home. December 5 is international volunteer day for economic and social development. Don’t let the long name fool you, it’s actually a ridiculously easy holiday to celebrate. The holiday is recognized by the United Nations, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a world traveler to make a difference. So use this day to volunteer in the place you call home, and to make the world a better place.

Involve the Community
The UN doesn’t call it a community service project for nothing. That’s because volunteering in your community will help improve your surroundings and should involve community members. Work with your neighbors and come up with some ideas for a project to work on in your community. Then when you have a list, hold a community volunteer day where everyone comes together to help out.

Recognize and Reward
There’s always someone in our lives that we know goes above and beyond when volunteering. Maybe they clock the most hours, or they’re always coming up with new ways to give back. To keep their volunteering spirit up, let them know that you appreciate what they’ve done, and that you want them to continue volunteering. Give them a token of your appreciation, which could be as small as a thank you card. To really let them know you care, find out if your community offers any awards to outstanding volunteers and nominate those deserving people.

Educate to Dominate
Sometimes people avoid volunteering because they don’t know where to volunteer, or are busy and can’t find the time. But education is the best way to get others to volunteer. So don’t be shy about your latest volunteering adventure. Tell your friends, family and community members about volunteer opportunities you’ve done, and fill them in on how great it made you feel. Be honest with them and you’ll end up recruiting simply through word of mouth. With just a little explanation, you’ll find that others are more willing to lend a hand.

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