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

7 Ways to Give this Thanksgiving Season

With Thanksgiving only a couple weeks out, our minds turn to ways we can give back to our community. Here are a few ideas to get you in the altruistic mindset.

1. Be a driver for nonprofits that deliver meals to people in need. Many of these nonprofits need extra drivers around the busy holiday season (and cheerful delivery people). Grab a friend and go spread some turkey love around your city.

2. Invite a neighbor or someone who doesn’t have any family in town to your Thanksgiving meal. When it comes down to it, what’s one extra place setting at your large table? It will be something for them to look forward to, rather than eating alone.

3. Visit a hospital or nursing home. Talk, sing, perform a piano piece, play cards or chat with residents while they eat. Bring up their favorite past Thanksgiving to break the ice and give you each something to talk about.

4. Deliver a Thanksgiving meal to someone. Perhaps it’s a friend who is recuperating from a surgery or illness (and they can’t attend your meal). Put together a delectable plate and drop it off at their home. If you’re unaware of anyone who fits this description, consider bringing a few meals to public service workers such as firemen, nurses on call, policemen or other workers on duty.

5. This one is a classic. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. But keep in mind that soup kitchens need more than servers to make their meals go smoothly. Be prepared to do a number of tasks (perhaps you’ll set tables, clean up plates, refill food trays, etc.).

6. Run a turkey trot. Most cities sponsor a 5K run/walk around Thanksgiving, with proceeds going to a local charity. Do some online research to find a turkey trot near you.

7. Short on time? Perhaps you’re hosting your family’s Thanksgiving meal and don’t have a lot of spare time to donate this year. Look for annual coat and warm clothing drives around your city. Generally donation boxes are stationed around high traffic areas and all you have to do is drop off unwanted, gently used, warm clothing and know that you’re helping someone in need.

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