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

Make the Most of Your Last Month of Summer

Make the Most of Your Last Month of Summer

As the summer winds down, you might find yourself scrambling for more time. Summer always seems to fly by, not letting us accomplish as much as we’d hoped. Maybe you haven’t gotten around to reading that book or solidified lunch plans with that friend. With just a month left of summer, it’s time to take advantage of all it has to offer. Below are some ways you can celebrate the end of sunshine season.

Try to make it outside once a day.
Most people can agree they feel happier when the sun is out, and they can spend time outside. This is partly to do with the serotonin (the mood-boosting hormone) you inhale while being outdoors. Instead of complaining about the heat, try to appreciate the weather you’ll likely be missing come January (especially if you live in a place with frigid winters). 

Be a tourist in your own town.
After living in one place for a while, you start to forget about all the things that make your town interesting. Consider taking a day to tour your city’s landmarks and attractions. Already seen them all? Take a tour of something you’re passionate about, whether it be coffee shops or hiking trails. 

Check out a schedule of local summer events.
Can’t come up with any activity ideas? Do an internet search for events going on in your area. Many towns host occasional movies in the park, farmers markets and concerts. These activities require little to no planning on your part, making them perfect for last-minute outings. 

Spend a day at the pool.
There are few things better than the instant relief of jumping in a pool on a hot summer day. They’re the quickest ways to cool down and often the most fun. Most towns have city pools you can relax at, so grab your towel and sunscreen, and kick back.

Host a bonfire.
On those chillier summer nights, it’s nice to sit around the fire with friends or family. Feel free to unwind while sharing summer memories and roasting marshmallows. Just don’t forget the bug spray to ensure you don’t wind up with those pesky bites.

Learn something new.
Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. Your schedule tends to free up during the summer months, so consider teaching yourself something new. Check out a calligraphy book from the local library, or download an app that will help you learn a new language. These activities will keep you busy while also teaching you new skills.

Summer can often feel too short, but with this list of potential activities, you’re sure to fill your days with activities that turn into fond memories.

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