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

How Getting More Sleep Makes You an Altruistic Person

You don’t have to give millions to charity or volunteer 10 hours a week to be an altruistic person; you can give back in small ways, like living your everyday life in an uplifting way. When you feel your best, people are fueled by that positivity. Like William Arthur Ward said, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” But feeling your best means getting sufficient sleep.

You’re much less likely to be a positive person if you sleep less than seven hours a night, like more than half of American adults. March 20 was National Sleep Day which promotes healthy living by getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night. You can restore hope and spread kindness just by getting one more hour of sleep. Here are three benefits to sufficient sleep:

Less irritable—This is a no-brainer; if you feel less irritated then you’re more likely to help someone and speak the universal language of kindness. Ample sleep decreases irritability and makes life easier and happier. During sleep, your brain removes toxins, but if you get less sleep, those toxins stay in your brain and influence your mood. Create a sleep schedule and stick to it.

Higher moral judgement—Sleep deprivation affects our interpretation of everyday events. Since we don’t assess situations accurately, our reaction and judgement is impaired. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to become lost in yourself, especially with lack of sleep. With more sleep, you’re more likely to have higher moral judgement. You’ll identify when people need help and follow through by helping them.

Reduced stress—Stress causes tension, anxiety, poor concentration, depression and apathy. We all naturally become stressed sometimes, but it’s important to know how to manage it. Sleeping seven to nine hours each night without the use of medication can dramatically reduce the feeling of stress. You’ll be more likely to laugh, smile and be a kinder person.

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