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

Back Bends May Lead to Benevolence

Yoga can be intimidating, but once you try a class, you’ll feel all the physical and mental health benefits. This Eastern practice has proliferated throughout the West with more than 20 million Americans practicing yoga. Scientific research has shown a multitude of benefits from yoga, even more than traditional exercise like weight lifting and running. Notably, the practice of yoga teaches students to be more forgiving, more loving and spread kindness throughout the world. By practicing yoga, you may live a more altruistic life. Here are just a few more of the benefits of yoga:

Relieves stress—Yoga allows you to take a break from your smartphone, agenda and hectic lifestyle. Clearing your mind and focusing on mastering yoga poses allows a mental hiatus. Meditation at the end of class helps relieve stress, too. Relieving stress means less physical ailments, less mental ailments, and more youthful-looking skin.

Strength training and flexibility—Yoga encourages flexibility by continually stretching throughout the practice. By holding one pose for a minute or two, your body is lifting and holding its own body weight. After practicing for awhile, you’ll notice a considerable increase in muscle mass.

Increases cardio health—While yoga is a great strength training and flexibility exercise, it also increases heart health by infusing cardio. Increase your metabolism and heart health while moving quickly into different poses. It’s the best of the both worlds.

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