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

8 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer (And Why You Should Try)

Summer is for spending time outside. Whether you’re on the beach, at the park, on a bike, in the garden or at a baseball game you’re exposed to one common thread: the sun. And if you’re one in five people, unfortunately, you could develop skin cancer. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than two million people are diagnosed annually (source: SkinCancer.org). A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had over five sunburns at any age.

If you haven’t seen the “Dear 16 Year Old Me” YouTube video, we’d highly advise it. It features a number of people ranging in age, ethnicity and gender who’ve all been diagnosed with melanoma. Throughout the video they advise their 16-year-old selves to take preventative measures to avoid cancer and be extra careful.

We’ve compiled a quick list of the 8 best ways to prevent skin cancer. Take a look, tell your friends.

1. Sunscreen: Reapply every two hours. Be weary of commonly missed spots (scalp, back of hands, tops of feet, legs and behind your ears). Try to use broad spectrum sunscreen and use a high SPF.

2. Avoid peak hours (10 a.m. and 4 p.m.): Harmful UV rays are strongest when the sun is directly overhead. Avoid going out at these times if possible.

3. Wear a hat: Get fashionable and toss on a sun hat or baseball cap. A hat with a 2-3 inch brim is ideal. Straw hats are too finely woven to offer any protection—opt for a thicker fabric.

4. Don’t tan: This instruction is very simple: just don’t do it. Go for the spray tan or self-tanning lotion if you must get that shimmery, golden tone.

5. Protect your eyes: Your eyes are susceptible to ocular skin cancer (yes, it’s real). Skip the cheap pair and make sure they block OVA and UVB light.

6. Don’t forget your lips: SPF 30 or higher if you’re going to be out for long periods of time. And remember to reapply after you eat.

7. Check for moles often: People often neglect going to the dermatologist because they assume they’ll notice any cancer forming. Skin cancer often begins forming at a minimally detectable rate. Check early and check often—keep a regular appointment for a mole check with your dermatologist.

8. Remember reflected sunlight: Water, sand, concrete, and even brightly painted white areas can damage your skin. It’s a good rule of thumb to put sunscreen on every day.

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