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

A Few Ways to Give Back to Those Who’ve Given Us So Much

If you want to help make this world a better place, you’ve got every opportunity to do so. Being a willing volunteer is the first step to making a difference—big or small.

Oftentimes, we overlook simple ways to give back because we’re driven to find a larger, more glamorous cause. But realize that you alone helping someone can make a difference.

Older adults are often overlooked—especially in favor of helping young children—when it comes to getting a volunteer’s attention. But let’s not forget who got us this far in life. (Hint: it was them.)

This fall, we challenge you to reach out and volunteer for a cause that helps seniors (whether that’s an organization in particular, or simply offering a helping hand to a friend or stranger).

Offer to rake their yard free of leaves, give those front hedges a trim, mow their lawn, walk their pets, drive them to an appointment or simply have a nice conversation over tea or coffee. The best thing you can offer someone is your time. (Naturally followed by some talent or service.)

Need a few more ideas?

  • Cook a meal for them
  • Play a card game
  • Watch an old movie
  • Check on them when the weather is bad
  • Look through old photographs with them
  • Give them a call
  • Bake them a special treat
  • Write them a letter from a vacation
  • Offer to make small home repairs
  • Buy them flowers
  • Make sure they have proper heating for the winter

Any or all of these things would be wonderful gestures for a senior neighbor, old friend, grandparent, parent or stranger. Remember to offer help carefully, as you don’t want to make them feel incapable. Oftentimes simply being around to keep them company for a couple hours is what they’d appreciate the most. Consider volunteering a little bit of your time to add a big boost to someone’s week.

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