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

Eating Green on World Vegetarian Day

Today marks the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Lovers of veggies & animals (but in different ways) are beginning their special month with a bang. Since 1977 vegetarians have celebrated World Vegetarian Day on October 1st.

Whether or not you permanently adopt the vegetarian lifestyle, you can participate in today’s bacon-shunning festivities.

Double Whammy
It’s fitting that World Vegetarian Day falls on a Monday this year since it coincides with the ongoing Meat Free Monday. Paul McCartney created Meat Free Monday to help people save money, reduce their environmental impact and enjoy better health. He credits a 2006 United Nations report called “Livestock’s Long Shadow” for inspiring the idea. The UN’s research suggests that the livestock industry is responsible for a significant percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions.

So adopting vegetarianism, even if only once a week, is a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Protein Play
Make sure that your stint as a vegetarian is as good for your body as it is for the environment. Don’t fill up on refined carbs or salty, fatty foods as your meat replacement. Aim instead for healthy proteins. If typical meat substitutes like tofu don’t appeal to you, amp up your intake of protein sources you already enjoy—like hummus, peanut butter and lentils.

Try a beans and rice burrito, an apple with peanut butter or red peppers dipped in hummus.

Tofurkey Discovery
It’s natural to scrunch up your nose at unfamiliar or unusual foods, like tofurkey or faux bacon. But joining the fun on World Vegetarian Day does not mean you have to eat what you don’t enjoy.

Trying out a vegetarian diet may inspire you to explore new recipes. Sample veggies you’ve never had before, such as okra or kale. You may discover a new favorite dish, like eggplant parmigiana.

Vegetarianism can be a hot-button issue. Some vegetarians—Paul McCartney included—consider meat-free diets compassionate. On the other hand many meat lovers are more concerned with human rights than animal welfare. They assert that reasonable portions of meat are part of a balanced and healthy diet. Whatever side of the emotional debate that you fall on, participating in today’s World Vegetarian Day certainly wouldn’t hurt. Eat leafy greens today for your health, for the earth or even for animals.

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