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

It’s Time for a Network Update

If you feel strongly about a certain cause, chances are you want others to understand and feel the same way you do. But sometimes, others haven’t shown an interest in something because they simply aren’t educated in the subject. That’s why, if you have a strong belief in an organization or their mission, you need to be the one to get out there and make it happen. You’ll feel great knowing that you are not only helping out a mission that you believe in, but also the fact that your networking skills brought the people to a nonprofit you care about.

Back to the Basics
Before the technology we have at our disposal today that help us reach out to others, everyone did it the old fashioned way. There’s just something that can’t quite beat a face-to-face conversation with another person. It’s just more personal than emailing or Facebooking to communicate. If you’re passionate about what you believe in, you’ll have no problem gaining some new contacts by simply striking up a conversation. With small talk usually comes the question, “What do you do?”  Instead of simply telling people about your job, talk to them about what you’re passionate about. It’s likely a more interesting conversation, and you’ll have someone engaged in the nonprofit you believe in.

Partner Up
There are a variety of groups that host fairs where different organizations come to educate people about their mission and how they can get involved. Make sure you use those opportunities to network. Bring visual aids so that participants will remember you. This could include anything from flyers to a fun video that displays the key components of your organization. Whatever you choose, make sure that your information is best displayed to appeal to your audience. That way, you’ll make a variety of new contacts all in one day.

Keep it Within
While you can network on your own, there are also a variety of opportunities to network through your favorite nonprofit that supports a mission you believe in. One of the main goals of a nonprofit is to get out into the community. Because of this, when you’re volunteering somewhere or doing something in the community people are bound to ask you why you’re doing what you’re doing, or what organization you’re a part of. Don’t just give them the organization’s name. Instead, tell them why the mission is so special to you. That has a greater deal of leverage when it comes to making new contacts because hopefully, people will be able to relate to your mission. They may in turn wish to help out through their time or monetary contributions.

  • Area Catholic choirs will perform Advent and Christmas songs of the season in the beautiful setting of St. Thomas Aquinas Church (the Newman Center) on the campus of UNL. Visit our calendar of event page for more information and to print out a ticket order form.

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