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

4 Reasons Why You Should Pay Your Employees to Volunteer

Many people want a chance to give back to their community, but between managing a family and a career, it can be almost impossible to find the time. Several businesses are now changing that by offering their employees opportunities to volunteer. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, more than 20% of the companies it surveys offer paid volunteering time, a number that is growing rapidly.

The ways in which companies do this varies greatly. Some offer a certain amount of days for paid volunteering, some will compensate for a specific number of hours and others even offer a month-long sabbatical at a charitable organization of the employee’s choice. No matter which approach is used, these programs have proven to have incredible benefits:

They foster a compassionate company culture.
When employees have the chance to team up and have a positive impact on the community, it fosters teamwork and camaraderie.

They attract young and talented employees.
Young professionals have a deep desire to give back. Offering a paid volunteering program sets businesses apart and makes them incredibly appealing to this demographic of innovative and socially responsible individuals.

They make employees happier.
Having the chance to dedicate time to a cause that they feel is important is a huge morale booster for employees, particularly when they don’t have to worry about missing out on work or pay. It can even benefit them professionally if they choose to donate their time and expertise to an organization in need of their specific skills. This leads to higher employee engagement and retention.

They give companies a chance to give back, even if they aren’t social ventures.
Social ventures are wonderful, but not every company is or can be one. Corporate volunteerism programs allow businesses to have an incredibly positive impact on their communities without entirely restructuring their business model.

  • 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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