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

Getting Kids to Go Green

Even though not one person is the same, everybody on Earth shares at least one thing in common. We all have to live on it. Our Earth constantly takes a beating through various practices that we often don’t think twice about. If kids are watching our moves, we may just perpetuate habits to the next generation. To ensure we’re giving them a happy Earth to live in we should model good behaviors to make a difference.

Help Them Understand
Sometimes it can be hard for children to understand the concept of being wasteful, but there are several ways that you can educate them. For starters, teach them simple energy saving tips like turning the water off while brushing their teeth or turning the lights off when they aren’t in a room. By teaching them at an early age, they will absorb the information and continue the habits later on. Explain to them that others may not have access to some of the things that they have, which could help them better understand the importance of saving resources.

Another tactic to education is by teaching them about how certain habits can harm the environment. Let them explore fun and informational sites about the environment, such as kidsbegreen.org. Sites like this offer games and other fun activities that allow kids to be kids, but also teaches them an important lesson about helping out.

Be a Role Model
Ever notice how kids will try to mimic the things that grown ups do? That’s because at a certain age they want to be just like you. That means you should set a good example when it comes to helping the environment. Make sure to point out to them when you are doing good things, such as recycling paper instead of throwing it away, or even donating gently used clothes to a nonprofit organization where others could get good use of them. These things may seem obvious to you, but children don’t always understand what it means to the environment. By pointing out what you’re doing, kids will want to follow in your footsteps and lend a hand.

Get Them Moving
Getting them to help make the environment a better place doesn’t have to stop at your home. Take them out into the community to help pick up trash. While you’re doing it, explain to them what pollution is and why it matters to the environment. Children are especially receptive to hands on activities, and will end up learning more than they would if you simply tried explaining it to them without activities.

Getting kids to participate in conserving our community’s environment will get them to think about other things that drive their spirits. Encourage them to discover their passions and then help them pursue those passions to make a difference on this Earth.

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