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

October is a Month to Celebrate Loyal Best Friends

There’s a bad stereotype revolving around rescue dogs: they the ones nobody wants, the misbehaved ones, the biters, the mutts. This is simply not true.

Most shelter dogs ended up where they are because of reasons beyond their control, whether their owner died or family moved away, they were displaced by a new baby, or even if they have a small behavioral issue it’s likely because their former owner didn’t try hard enough to fix it.

Shelter dogs are by no means lesser. (In fact, about 25% of shelter dogs available for adoption are purebreds.) Most are healthy, affectionate animals and will simply need a few readjustments to learn how to fit into your home.

Sure, puppies are fluffy, adorable balls of fur. But they also require a lot of work. House-training requires time and patience. Fresh out of that? Consider an older dog.

Some of the benefits of adopting an older dog include:

They’re easy to train. They’ll be house-trained and better yet, focused and capable of learning new tricks. Additionally you won’t find them nomming on a pair of your favorite kicks. They have manners and likely already know the basic sit, stay, down commands.

WYSIWYG. (Pronounced “wizzy-wig”.) Whereas puppies can grow to unplanned sizes, with an older dog you’ll know their size and personality right away.

They aren’t a 24/7 job. Unlike puppies, older dogs can go several hours without being monitored (granted those puppy pics of a dog covered in feathers and toilet paper are darn cute, but to some also a bit aggravating).

You save their life. At most shelters, older dogs are the last to be adopted and first to be euthanized. Saving them from a kill shelter provides an unparalleled bond (even if you claim you “aren’t a dog person,” trust us, you’ll become one).

No matter which pup you pick, they’re all winners. Big, little, guardian, comedian, purebred, mutt—they’ll be the most loyal, lovable best friend you’ve ever met.

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