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

Read All About It: Why You Should Support Your Local Library

When was the last time you used your library card? In a world where free ebooks are readily available and you can use Google to find information on basically anything, a local library can seem somewhat obsolete. But what’s often forgotten is that libraries offer so much more than books on a shelf.

These are just a few of the reasons why libraries play a vital role in communities:

- They are cultural hubs. Libraries offer a public space in which community members can gather to interact and exchange ideas.

- They help lower the unemployment rate. Most libraries offer free high-speed internet access, allowing patrons to conduct job searches. Many also provide assistance with resume writing, interviewing and even acquiring basic computer skills.

- They serve as the “people’s university.” Whether someone never had the opportunity for higher education or they simply want to expand their knowledge base, libraries offer textbooks and other resources that can often only be found at other universities.

- They serve as a link between government and citizens. Most libraries help people to understand and use government websites, complete E-government forms and apply for E-government services.

- They are important sources for youth development. Children’s reading groups, tutoring services and other important programs promote quality childhood education.

So how can you help?

- Make a donation. For every $1,000 donated, libraries can receive 179 library visits, circulate 2680 free materials, train 12 patrons through a library program and issue library cards and provide services for 20 new library patrons.

- Volunteer. In most public libraries, anyone over the age of 14 can volunteer. There’s a myriad of activities you can participate in, including everything from reading to young children to staffing bookmobiles.

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