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

Last Minute Ideas for Getting Involved in National Volunteer Month

Happy National Volunteer Month! April might be coming to a close, but there’s still plenty of time to get involved with a worthy cause. Here are some ideas for making a big difference in 4 hours or less:

5 minutes

  • Play a game! Some sites will donate to important causes when you play to learn languages or do crossword puzzles.
  • Save lives by signing up to be an organ donor online.
  • Change up your search engine. Some will donate to nonprofits every time you browse the web.

30 minutes

  • Clean out your cupboards and donate extra clothes and non-perishable food.
  • While you’re at it, hunt down your old cellphones and find somewhere to donate them.
  • Lace up your sneakers. Download an app that donates to charities for every mile you walk, run, or bike and get fit for a cause.

2 hours

  • Volunteer to be a reader for children at your local library.
  • Grab some friends, get out some gloves and garbage bags and head to the park to pick up trash.
  • Save several lives by donating blood at the Red Cross.

4 hours

  • Visit a nursing home. The residents will be delighted to have company.
  • Volunteer to help serve at a soup kitchen.
  • Go to the animal shelter for a fun afternoon of playing with the cats and dogs.
  • 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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