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

Mother’s Day The Giving Way

She helped you learn to ride a bike, made you countless meals and instilled values into your life that you’ve not soon forgotten. Where would we be without our mothers, or the mother figures in our lives? Every year, Mother’s Day is a way to honor that special lady in our lives. While you should continue with your normal celebrations, there are some simple ways to spice up the yearly tradition by adding a dose of good to the mix.

Get a Gift that Gives Back
Sure, you could get your mom those same flowers you get her every year, or that gift card to her favorite restaurant. But you could do something completely different instead. Mix it up this year. Give a gift that gives back instead. Not only will you be honoring your mom, but you’ll also be doing good for others.

If you normally give her flowers, give back by planting a tree or new flowers in your community park. The scenery could be given in honor or memory of your mom, but will help serve the community for years to come. Plus, the community will think of your mom every time they see the new park addition.

Or, buy a gift from a business that donates the proceeds to a good cause. There are many businesses that will donate one of what you’re buying to somebody who needs it. A pair of shoes, new glasses or clothing are all great options and can be purchased from a do-good business. Or, select an organization near to your heart—or your mom’s heart—and make a donation in her name.

Spend Time Doing Good Together
While you should still spend time with your mother or family on Mother’s Day, you can maximize your “do-good” time by doing good together. Take time and volunteer doing something that you love. If you’re both passionate about animals, volunteer your time at an animal shelter. If your community is at the top of your list, take time fixing up a community eyesore, or making improvements to the place you live. It’s a double win since you get to spend time together and do great things for the world.

Be a Stand-In Mom (or Dad) for a Day
Even if you have a loving family and a terrific mother, there are many more out there who no longer have a mother to share the day with. If you know somebody in your life whose mother has passed on, invite him or her to celebrate the day with you.

You may not be old enough to be a mother or parent figure, but that’s all right. Simply find somebody who needs companionship on Mother’s Day. Then just strike up a conversation with a stranger about their mom. You’d be surprised at the stories and memories that come pouring out. Or, simply be a listening ear for a stranger about any topic on Mother’s Day. Because sometimes, all they need is an ear to listen and it can do a world of good.

  • 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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