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

The Small Gift of Connection

Disregard all the holiday advertisements and remember the true meaning of the holidays: family, friends, love and connection. Reminiscent of what Clarence told George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life: “No man is a failure who has friends.” Even with all of the work that has to be done before the holidays, stay optimistic and don’t become a scrooge. Here are a few ways to truly connect and be genuine with loved ones during the holidays:

Be grateful—Happy people are generally grateful. If you remind yourself how blessed you are, the holiday blues won’t get to you. It could be simple like, “I’m grateful to have cable TV.” Or, it could be, “I’m grateful to have food on the table.” Remind yourself of the little things during the holidays.

Be present at holiday get-togethers—Engage in holiday activities with your family. Even though it may be a lot of time together, you’re maintaining lifelong connections. Don’t hole yourself up in your room—be an active participant. Turn on the Christmas music, bake cookies with family and share funny stories from the past.

Stay positive—With the whole family coming together for the holidays, there’s bound to be a disagreement or gossip. Stay upbeat about the unique differences in everyone and remind your family members to accept each other. Instead of being quick to pick a fight, spread “warm fuzzies” around the family by giving compliments.

Volunteer or donate to a charity—Giving your time and effort to a local organization is a great way to genuinely connect with your community. Get in touch with an organization you feel passionate about and help them out during this holiday season.

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