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

7 Summer Volunteer Ideas for Teens

School is out for the summer, and that means that your teen set is going to have a whole lot of time on their hands. Though the studying might be over, the summer months are still crucial for exploring careers and getting volunteer experience. Here are some fun ways that your teen can give back to the community:

Libraries
If your teenager loves literature or interacting with kids, the library might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for them. Tasks can range from reading books for groups of children to helping develop social media presence.

Camps
Too old to attend and too young to be counselors, teenagers are in the volunteering sweet spot for camps. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy typical camp activities while gaining new skills.

Nursing Homes
Nothing brightens the days of residents at nursing homes quite like a visit from a young person. Volunteering at a nursing home gives teens the chance to form friendships with and gain wisdom from a wonderful group of people.

Hospitals
Several hospitals have programs for teenagers who are looking to volunteer. This is a particularly excellent option for teens who are considering a career in the medical field.

Animal Shelters
Who doesn’t love playing with adorable animals? Volunteering at an animal shelter is also a great method of career exploration for teenagers who are interested in becoming veterinarians.

Museums
There’s always something interesting going on at a museum. Many have volunteer programs that allow teenagers to help with events or daily archiving tasks.

Local Farms
Farmers often look for the help of young workers in the summer. Whether it’s cutting weeds out of organic fields or watering beautiful gardens, volunteers will get to enjoy nature and burn off some extra energy.

  • 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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