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

4 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Giving

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the advertisements, it’s easy to lose sight of the real meaning of the holidays. Especially for children, as they may become increasingly fixated on receiving gifts, but not giving. Express the true significance of the holiday season to kids in these four ways:

Educate them—First start teaching your children about the importance of giving by talking to them about the less fortunate. Explain to them how other children around the country and the world may be living. Reassure them it’s okay to be excited about presents, but that it’s imperative to give back.

Volunteer at a homeless shelter—There’s no better education than seeing the less fortunate first-hand. Set up a time to volunteer at the local homeless shelter with your kids. Discuss beforehand what they might see or hear. Afterwards, process the volunteering experience together.

Donate toys—Start a new tradition and ask your children to pick out a couple toys to donate to children who might not otherwise receive one. Encourage them to write a nice holiday card to spread cheer along with the donation.

Get crafty for presents—Extend the giving lesson by showing them meaningful presents are better than store-bought items. Brainstorm handmade gifts you and your children could create. The simpler, the better. Whether it’s decorating picture frames or a macaroni necklace, teach them it’s the thought that truly counts, not the price tag.

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