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

In Favor of Philanthropy

Did you hear? National Philanthropy Day is coming up—November 15, in fact. National Philanthropy Day is a time for us to stop and reflect on the way charitable organizations, foundations, and individuals have worked to provide for those around them. Philanthropy touches our communities, our governments, and the world at large.

Philanthropy is a pretty great thing. At least, we think so. But we’d love to convince you to think the same. Here are our top three reasons to celebrate National Philanthropy Day.

Philanthropy is Good for You
One of the little considered benefits of being involved in philanthropy is that it actually benefits you, as a donor to a cause. And we aren’t just talking about charitable giving tax deductions here. Giving things away—your time, your money—can actually be good for your physical and mental health.

Michael Norton gave a well-received Ted talk (one million online views and counting) on how to buy happiness. His method? Spending money on others. Studies show that people who are given money to spend on themselves rate their satisfaction consistently lower than those who are directed to spend that money on someone else. Helping others actually helps you.

Philanthropy is Good for Businesses
More and more businesses these days embrace philanthropic efforts through cause marketing, which involves coupling their business efforts with a nonprofit entity’s. This is good for nonprofits, but it’s also good for the businesses they’re working with. Inc.com reports that a whole “79% of Americans say they would be likely to switch from one brand to another, when price and quality are about equal and if the other brand is associated with a good cause.”

That means that businesses benefit directly from philanthropy by attracting more philanthropically-minded customers. Everyone wins. Furthermore, many businesses also promote giving their employees one day monthly to volunteer. Satisfied employees mean better business, and considering the benefits of personal philanthropy outlined above, those individuals will be happy for the opportunity to give back.

Philanthropy is Good for the World
Finally, and most obviously, philanthropy is good for the world. Let’s face it: not everyone’s dealt a great hand. The world’s resources are not distributed evenly, leaving many with more than they need, while others hurt.

Philanthropy is a way for individuals and groups of people to do just a little bit to correct the world’s problems. And National Philanthropy Day means we can stop and think about just how special a gift that is. With that extra bit of time or money we have available, we can literally change lives.

And not just the lives of others, but our own lives. Those who give can’t help but be changed by it—for the better.

Thanks to those who give: today is about you.

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