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

It’s Time to Talk to Your Teens About Volunteering

Every parent has heard it from every teenager from the beginning of time. “I’m bored!” The next time you hear that phrase, maybe it’s time for you to have the talk about volunteering.

Aside from getting them out of your hair for a few hours, there are several reasons why teens should get involved in their community:

It gives them purpose. Volunteering gives your teen ownership of a project. It teaches him responsibility for arriving on time and completing a task. It shows that one individual can make a difference.

It gives them perspective. So many teens claim they have it rough. There’s nothing like working in a soup kitchen to realize they’ve been blessed. Additionally, a volunteer project can teach your teen tolerance by putting them in touch with people of different backgrounds. And even diverse individuals can unite by common values to make a difference. Ultimately she will see that we all have a responsibility for building a stronger community.

It gives them prowess. By taking on leadership roles, learning new skills and getting involved in areas of interest, your teen will gain valuable skills that will help him in his future career.

It gives them passion. It seems all teens go through the phase, “everything’s stupid.” Empowering her to get involved may actually get her to discover that spark that ignites the sense that she is part of a greater community.

So how do you get them off the couch and into their community?

Discover their interests. Don’t make volunteering a chore. Talk with your teen about his current interests. Does he like working with peers or other age groups? Has he wanted to learn about other cultures? Has he shown interest in a career field? There’s certainly a cause in our community that fits

Understand their skills. Everyone has talents and some are waiting to be discovered. Volunteering provides a great playground to strengthen the budding carpenter or lawyer.

Determine their commitment. How much time can your teen give to an organization? Can they only give a day or a few hours a week? Regardless of the level of commitment, most organizations have a range of projects that would fit your teen’s schedule. Remember you may have to provide transportation so factor that into the decision.

And finally, if you want your teens to volunteer you should lead by example. The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that 86 percent of teenagers who volunteer have parents that volunteer themselves. This may even give you an opportunity to spend time together and unearth a common interest.

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