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

Give the Gift of an Altruistic Wedding

Thanks to Pinterest, women all over fantasize about their unique dream weddings while posting pictures of creative reception ideas, photography plans, favorite gowns and fancy invite ideas.

Is your big day coming up? Why not throw some altruistic pins onto your wedding board. Having an altruistic wedding is more prevalent as the popularity of having a unique and personalized wedding becomes admired.

Resist the Scan Gun
Rather than heading to your local Target to register for that toaster, encourage guests to give to your favorite charity in your name. Or if you do need some small appliances, consider only department stores that give back to charities. As for wedding party gifts, allow your attendants to give back to their community with donation opportunities like a JustGive card where they can go online and give to the charity of choice.

Recycle and Reuse
After your special day, consider donating items that could be enjoyed by others. Send your flowers to a retirement home or hospital. Give your dress to an organization like Brides Against Breast Cancer. Take leftover food to a soup kitchen instead of throwing it away. And if you want to give to Mother Earth, consider an eco-friendly wedding. Serve organic food, do invites electronically and share family rings rather than buying new ones.

Give Away Your Honeymoon
Now that you’re hitched you want to spend some time with that new spouse of yours. Skip the traditional wedding and add altruistic endeavors to your time away. Visit a country where you can volunteer during the day and sneak away for some romantic evenings. Working side-by-side is a great way to really connect with your new honey.

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