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 Loving Yourself can Change the World

Did you know you have the power to change the world every single day? All you need to do is love yourself, and that positivity will radiate. You have a unique gift to give, and once you see the value in your smile and self-esteem, the world around you changes. Self esteem is an overall reflection of one’s worth. Unfortunately, low self esteem prevents people from gaining healthy friendships, living a positive life and contributing to the community. Maxwell Maltz, an American cosmetic surgeon, said, “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” Stop pumping the brakes on life and become more altruistic simply by loving yourself. Here are three side effects you’ll enjoy:

Become kinder—When you learn to accept everything about yourself, flaws and all, you develop a more positive attitude which permeates through your everyday actions. You smile more, you’re more likely to let someone have the last french fry, and do more small deeds. You really can change someone else’s day for the better with just a smile and a kind word.

Relationships improve—With a positive attitude and unconditional self-love, relationships naturally become more supporting and loving. Not only does your optimism spread to those closest to you, but you become more accepting of your family members’ and friends’ flaws.

More involved—Unconditional self esteem is infectious, and you’re likely to spread it to your family and friends, but also to those you help in the community. You’ll be more likely to volunteer and make an impact in the community while bettering the lives of others just with self esteem.

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