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

4 Unique Ways to Volunteer for Halloween

Halloween isn’t typically thought of as a “do-gooders” holiday. But, despite what you may think, we’re here to tell you it’s a wonderful opportunity to give back. Take a look at our list, gather a group of family and friends and plan to give back this Halloween.

1. Volunteer to help celebrate Halloween for someone who is legally blind. You could be a shopper, driver, reader, or candy sorter. As someone who may not be able to drive to the store or navigate easily once there, something as simple as getting candy to pass out for neighborhood children could be a difficult task. Look into a local nonprofit who assists the blind and visually impaired to find out who lives in your area that you can assist.

2. Feeling creative? Haunted houses often need help constructing, decorating and being actors for their sets. You could even offer to do some marketing if that’s in your wheelhouse. Find a local haunted house through your Chamber of Commerce, library, local churches or schools and contribute in any way you know how to make it the best haunted house ever.

3. Gather candy donations and go to a Children’s Hospital to pass out candy. (Remember to bring a few toys for those who can’t have candy.) Feeling really charitable? Dress up in a fun, kid-friendly costume to brighten their Halloween night even more!

4. Donate old costumes to a children’s shelter. If you have old, gently used kid’s costumes consider putting them to good use! Costumes can get pricy, and on a tight budget, kids might not have the option of dressing up. Share this joy with them by donating your children’s old costumes (or encourage family friends with kids to do so).

© 2019 St. Gianna Women's Homes

Powered by Firespring