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

5 Ways Volunteering Can Benefit You

Volunteering for a nonprofit is an obvious way to help others. But have you ever considered that it’s an opportunity to help yourself as well? From honing professional skills to expanding your network, volunteering can be a win-win for both you and the people you serve.

Here’s how rolling up your sleeves and donating a little of your time and energy can make a difference in your own life.

1. It can fuel your passion.
You may love your job, but even the happiest employees and professionals can get stuck in a rut. Volunteering at something you enjoy may reignite a spark if you feel yourself getting bogged down with your daily routine.

2. You can learn new skills.
If you want to stretch yourself, search for volunteer opportunities that allow you to explore new roles and skills you’d like to develop. Professional development isn’t limited to workday hours—you may learn some great stuff you can apply to your job during a stint as a volunteer. And remember that you can (and should) add volunteer experience to your resume.

3. It will expand your network.
Not only will you meet people who support the same cause, you’ll likely find people who have personal and professional connections that could prove advantageous. On the flipside, you may find yourself in a position to help someone else further someone else’s career, which doubles your altruistic efforts.

4. Volunteering provides exposure to new ways of doing things.
You may get an opportunity to see how another organization runs and learn new ways of managing, brainstorming and solving problems. It can provide a fresh way to look at the challenges you face in your paid position.

5. You can use it as a team building experience.
This one goes beyond just you. Do you lead or work with a team in your day job? Look for a group volunteering opportunity—it can be an effective way to build better relationships while giving back to your community. Also, studies have shown that children who grow up volunteering with their parents are more likely to volunteer as adults.

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