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

Be a Nonprofit Game-Changer this Football Season

During this football season, don’t sideline giving back to your community. Score your altruistic two-point conversion by being on a special team: fundraising. Support a local nonprofit and support your favorite football team by hosting a fundraiser tailgate. Tailgates are fun, family friendly and easy to do.

Plan the logistics—Host the fundraiser in conjunction with a local sporting event, whether it be a little league game or a National Football League game. When planning the tailgate, decide to host it at the game or host it the night before the game (to provide flexibility with schedules). Become familiar with the space and reserve tables and chairs. If the tailgate is outdoors, reserve a tent to provide shade, bring a couple of coolers of ice and a grill.

Feed the crowds—Entice your family and friends to buy a ticket to the fundraiser tailgate by offering traditional tailgate food and activities. Skim newspaper inserts for coupons for chips, hamburger, buns, and condiments to keep the cost low. Provide enough food to feed the expected amount of fans. Keep the tailgate family oriented by serving lemonade, Kool-aid and other kid-friendly drinks.

Let the games begin—Plan activities to keep guests entertained at the tailgate. While all outdoor games are welcomed, no tailgate is complete without a bean bag toss. Guaranteed to attract players of all ages, the bean bag toss never fails to entertain for hours. Mix it up with ladder ball, frisbee and ping pong. Incorporate a raffle or silent auction to raise more funds. Raffle off two tickets to a college football game or raffle off signed memorabilia from famous local players.

Kick off this football season by volunteering and reminding fans to give back. Fundraiser tailgates are an easy way to contribute to your community’s nonprofit organizations while cheering on your team. If planning a tailgate is too stressful, you may be a nonprofit’s volunteer reserve player and research which organizations need volunteers for an already-planned fundraising tailgate.

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