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 to Serve Refugees and Recent Immigrants in Your Community

Imagine if every face you saw was a strange one. Try to comprehend how it would feel to be totally unknown, without common words to introduce yourself. Stop a moment to consider the overwhelming fear of having little food, few clothes or uncertain housing. This is how many refugees and recent immigrants in our country feel.

Reflecting on what it would be like to immigrate to a foreign country—or even more harrowing, to flee from your home¬—is a sobering thought. But it can also be an inspiring one. Understanding the experience of recent immigrants and refugees may prompt you to help them. So respond proactively instead of pushing the pain of others from your mind. Here are our ideas for how you can help new members of your community.

Most communities have refugee resettlement programs to help newcomers assimilate and feel at home. Learning to speak and read English is an especially pressing need for most immigrants and refugees. Without English fluency it’s hard or impossible to communicate with neighbors, local businesses and potential employers. Why not volunteer as an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher or conversation partner?

It’s probably not required that you speak your partner’s first language to teach ENL, though it would certainly help your new neighbor feel more at ease. The importance of a shared language is such an essential part acculturation for immigrants and refugees. Teaching them to speak and read English would help them tremendously.

Becoming a citizen is another key part of acculturation for immigrants and refugees, but citizenship preparation is not without its challenges. Many communities host monthly workshops to assist immigrants and refugees in filling out applications for U.S. citizenship. You can also teach citizenship preparation classes to adults who are studying for the USCIS citizenship exam.

Teaching English and helping immigrants and refugees become citizens are natural ways to help them feel welcome. You can also welcome them by including them in the local culture. Think of cultural traditions they might feel excluded from and set out to include them. For example, you can lend your children’s classmates dresses or neckties for school dances. Invite your new neighbors to your family’s July 4th cookout. Host them for their first Thanksgiving meal this fall. Treat holiday traditions and social functions as opportunities to share our culture with immigrants and refugees. And this is especially important—respect their cultural traditions and learn more about them. Show interest in your neighbors’ cultural background to show them they’re welcome and at home in your community.

Another option for helping immigrants and refugees is volunteering for the people who work for them. For instance, you could cut costs for your local naturalization office by answering phones or handling other administrative tasks. Or, apply to be a legal aide at the offices for immigration legal services. Legal aides serve new community members by preparing their immigration-related documents or drafting legal memoranda.

Every community has new members that could use your help.

  • 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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