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

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids about the Spirit of Giving

‘Tis better to give than to receive. But with all of the flashy holiday advertisements, it’s easy for kids to become fixated on one thing: presents. Rather than thinking about what they can share with others, they spend the holiday season adding to already lengthy gift lists and obsessively checking the tree for new packages.

You can use this time of year to teach a life-long lesson about the importance of generosity. Here are some ideas for sharing the spirit of giving with your kids:

1. The best way to start is to sit down with your kids to have a conversation about giving. Educate them about other people who may not be as fortunate as they are. Make it clear that it’s okay to be excited about presents, but that the best part of the holidays is sharing with others.

2. Instead of buying gifts for friends and family members brainstorm with your children to come up with fun craft projects. Decorate picture frames, make clay ornaments, or create paintings. The sky's the limit. Your kids will be excited to give away something that they worked so hard on.

3. Find a local charity that allows you to “adopt” a needy family for the holidays. With your kids, spend time coming up with gift ideas for each family member, go shopping for the items, and get creative with packaging. Your children will love being involved with every step of the process.

4. If your kids love singing, dancing, or putting on puppet shows and plays, have them prepare something to perform at a nursing home. The residents will love it, and your kids will enjoy sharing their time and talents.

5. Most importantly, make sharing a year-round action. With your child, pick a charity, cause, or activity that can benefit others. Develop and write out a plan to continue giving to others beyond the holiday season.

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