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

Money Smart Giving

When you were growing up, your parents probably taught you about the value of money. You learned the value of saving, when it was okay to buy something you wanted and when you should wait. And when it comes to being charitable, there are also smart ways to distribute your money. The week of April 23 is Money Smart Week. What a great time to evaluate how adept you’ve been with your contributions. While helping out an organization is always a great feeling, there are ways to be smart about how you’re contributing. Here are some tips to consider next time you want to make a contribution to your favorite organization. And the best part, this advice is free. No need to give us a penny for these thoughts.

Company Support
If your company is looking to support a nonprofit in a big way, make sure you know how your significant contribution will help an organization. Start by conducting some background research on a few of your favorite organizations to understand the needs in your community. If you’re having a hard time narrowing it down, ask your employees and measure your company’s values against your top picks. Then, go in and talk to the leaders of the organizations you’re considering. The more involved you are with the nonprofit you’re helping out, the better you’ll feel about knowing where your money is going and how it will be distributed. You may want to consider setting up some volunteer opportunities for your staff while you’re at it so employees can feel connected to your cause.

Individual Giving
If you are looking to contribute monetarily to an organization on your own, be realistic about how much you can give. You can always start out with small contributions, and increase over time. Many nonprofits have payment plans for sustained giving opportunities. Remember that every contribution is going to help, and that nothing is too small. You could even try fundraising for an organization among friends to help make others aware of a great cause. But remember, there are also other great ways to be smart about contributing besides monetary contributions. Volunteering is always appreciated, and possibly more satisfying than a cash donation.

Teaching the Kids
It is important to teach children things that they need to know early on in life. The same is true for teaching them about giving. Have your kids come up with a list of things that they are passionate about. Don’t be afraid to educate them on important issues that you think might pertain to their interests. Then, explain to them how they can help. Maybe they want to donate a portion of their allowance to helping an organization each month. But who knows? You might spark something much bigger inside them, making them want to keep helping. You’ll be amazed at how driven some children can be. Help them think of creative ideas to fundraise and fuel the passion that they have established. And don’t forget to provide them with plenty of encouragement, because if they sky's the limit, there’s no telling how high they’ll go with their contributions.

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