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

Not Your Typical Valentine

Although almost 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day every year, you don’t need to buy a box of chocolates to spread love this February 14. Forget spending a fortune on roses while trying to make a romantic gesture. Focus on those people who need love the most. Try paying it forward this week or getting in touch with long-lost friends and family.

Pay it forward— Celebrate Valentine’s Day by committing a random act of kindness this week. Do something nice and thoughtful, even if it’s little, for a stranger. Perhaps try paying for the next customer in line at a coffee shop, or send inspiring Valentine’s Day cards to complete strangers from the white pages. Maybe it’s shoveling snow from a neighbor’s sidewalk. Whatever it is, do it with love.

Send a card to a long-lost friend— It is normal to have some great friends get lost in the shuffle of life after high school, college, marriage, kids… it’s hard to keep up with it all. Although you may not have talked to them in years, track down an old friend’s current address and send them a cute Valentine’s Day card. Tell them how much those memories mean to you.

Call your family members— Although we tend to pay attention to our sweethearts for Valentine’s Day, we often neglect the other people we love in our life, too. Call your parents, brother, sister, or perhaps a second cousin. Whoever it is, reach out and tell them how much they mean to you.

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