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

Why You Should Adopt a Pet

Last Thursday, February 20th, was National Love Your Pet Day. While you might have spent the day lavishing your pets with long walks, extra petting and their favorite treats, several animals had no owner to show them love. If you’re thinking about adding another pet to your family (whether it’s your first or your fifth), adoption is the best way to go. If you’re feeling at all apprehensive or uninformed pet adoption, these busted myths and compelling reasons will convince you to run to your nearest animal shelter and find the newest love of your life:

Myths:

- The pets in animal shelters are all sick and old. Actually, shelters and rescues have pets of all ages. Whether you want a puppy or an older pet that is already trained, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for.

- The reason the animals are in a shelter is because they make bad pets. This common misconception is entirely inaccurate. There are several different reasons that a pet might be given up, and nearly all of them have to do with the owner (moving to a place that doesn’t allow pets, allergies, financial issues, etc.), not the pet.

- I won’t know the history or personality of the pet before taking it home. A shelter will likely know more about a pet than a pet store or breeder will. Several shelters and rescues have foster programs, so the foster pet parents will be able to give you great detail about your potential pet. Even if a foster program isn’t in place, the staff will be able to tell you if Pluto is quiet and gentle or feisty and playful.

- I won’t be able to find the specific kind of pet I’m looking for. 25% of all dogs in shelters are purebreds, and services like Petfinder can help you track down a certain kind of pet in their large network of shelters and rescues. And besides, love is a funny thing. You just might find that the pet that steals your heart is nothing like the one you initially imagined.

Reasons:

- You’re saving a life! Does it get any better than this? No matter what the history of each pet is, they all need love. You can provide them with a happy, healthy home.

- You’re creating the opportunity for more pets to be rescued. While pet rescue organizations do everything they can to take in as many pets as possible, their resources are still limited. By adopting a pet, you’re freeing up space for another pet who needs a temporary home.

- You’re saving money. Most pets from shelters have already been vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Though you might have to pay an adoption fee, it will be far less than the cost of these medical procedures.

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