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

3 Important Tips for Bike Safety

May is National Bike Month, and it’s the perfect time of year to go for long bike rides in beautiful weather with family and friends. But before you set out on your next bike adventure, take some time to review these essential bike safety rules for people of all ages:

1. ALWAYS wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet might seem like a nuisance, but it’s necessary for preventing injuries. Never wear a hat under your helmet, and always make sure that the straps are securely fastened. Your helmet should fit you properly and have a sticker that says it meets the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If you’re unsure if your helmet fits correctly, head to your nearest bike store and talk to one of their specialists. They will be happy to help you find the best helmet for you.

2. Know what to wear (and what not to wear). Even if you’re cycling during the day, it’s best to wear bright colors that allow motorists to spot you easily. Make sure that you have on good footwear (that means no flip flops, sandals, or heels) and have no loose clothing, shoelaces, or dangling straps that could get caught in your bike chain.

3. Know where you’re riding. It’s always best to find a path that’s specifically designated for cyclists, but no matter where you decide to ride, you should know where you’re going and the rules of the road. Map out where bike lanes begin and end, and remember to always ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic.

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