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

World Cancer Day

February 4th is marked as World Cancer Day to raise awareness of the diagnosis, symptoms, prevention and treatment of the disease. The observed World Cancer Day was founded in 2008 by the Union for International Cancer Control to reduce cancer-related illness and death by 2020. Cancer has become widespread and is ranked second to heart disease as the most common cause of death in the U.S.

In 2014, more than 30 percent of all cancer deaths were attributed to smoking. But, cancer-related deaths have steadily declined by 20 percent from 1991 to 2010. This means that 1.3 million cancer deaths were prevented. To continue this success, the best way to start is with our own bodies. Here are some healthy tips to prevent cancer:

Don’t use tobacco— Tobacco isn’t just linked to lung cancer, it is linked to bladder, cervix and kidney cancer among others. Even if you don’t directly smoke tobacco, be conscientious of second-hand smoke and your exposure. Ask your doctor about how to quit smoking or chewing tobacco to prevent cancer.

Wear sunscreen— Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer and yet the most preventable. Remember to stay in the shade, use generous amounts of sunscreen and avoid tanning beds. It’s good to get some sun, but remember to not be excessive.

Receive regular medical care— Be aware of your own body and note irregular moles, lumps or discoloration. Regular self-exams is a key part to preventing cancer. Don’t forget your annual doctor’s check up and never hesitate to make an appointment if you’re concerned.

Be healthy physically and mentally— You’ve heard it before: eat your fruits and vegetables, exercise daily, limit fat and alcohol intake and manage stress. This piece of advice will not only improve your daily life, but it will decrease your chances of getting a disease like cancer and even the more pesky common colds. Remember that a healthy mind contributes to a healthy body.

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