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

Think Positive Thoughts: Positivity for a Healthy Life

They say there are two types of people—those who see the glass half empty, and others who see the glass half full. Which one are you?

Not only is keeping on the positive side of things a good habit, it’s also a key to both your health and happiness. We all have our days, but there are some tips and tricks to make sure you’re living a positive life. Check out these ways to make sure positivity is top of mind.

Note Your Habits
A grumble here, a loud sigh there. There are little things throughout the day that might cause anybody to take the pessimistic path. Next time you let out that sigh, think about what it was that provoked the sigh. Maybe it’s because you’re tired of a certain activity, or it could be because you’re tired. Once you know what it is that causes your positive thoughts to disappear, you can take steps to make them stick around.

Make Small Changes
No, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And changing a habit never comes easily. Start small and celebrate the little victories. If something is causing you to be down in the dumps, take a small step to make sure you’re changing it. Remind yourself that change doesn’t happen overnight.

Focus on the Positive
Have you ever met those people who can see a positive to every single situation? Sure, if you aren’t one of them it can seem annoying. But those people are doing something right! Simply choosing to focus on a positive aspect of a situation can completely change your tune.

Can’t find a positive? Take your mind off of the situation completely by doing something you love. When you’re doing things that are productive and that you enjoy, positive vibes are sure to follow.

Discover Your Mantra
We’re human, so we all need a little reminding to keep a positive outlook. Pick a quote, develop a saying or make your own mantra that reminds you to stay optimistic. Then, write it down and put it in a place where you’ll be reminded—maybe that’s a note on your phone or a post-it note that you’ve placed on a bathroom mirror.

It doesn’t matter where you put it or how you write it down; what matters is that you learn to embrace it and say it often. Now that you have a mantra, it’s time to get out there and live it.

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