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

Why You Should Get Your Fresh Fruits and Veggies Locally

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables month, and today happens to be Fresh Veggies Day. So head to your refrigerator and take a look at your produce drawers. Do you have a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand? And if you do, were they locally grown?

We all know that vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, but purchasing them locally benefits you and your community in a huge way. Here’s why:

Local produce has more nutrients.
Produce has its maximum amount of nutrients before it’s picked. As soon as it’s taken from its source, it begins to lose nutritious value. When you buy produce locally, you’ll get it sooner than you would fruits and vegetables that have traveled thousands of miles, increasing its health benefits.

Local produce conserves energy.
When produce has to travel cross-country or even internationally, a lot of energy is used to transport it. By purchasing your vegetables and fruits from the farmer down the road, you reduce energy use and benefit the environment.

Local produce tastes better.
A freshly-picked tomato from your neighbor’s garden is always going to taste better than a tomato that has traveled 1500+ miles to reach your grocery store. Buying locally allows you to enjoy the flavors of fruits and vegetables when they are at their very best.

Local produce supports farmers.
Farmers are a key part of communities. They contribute to the available food source and help to preserve wildlife and land. However, farming isn’t a viable source of income when farmers only receive a few cents of every retail food dollar. When you buy locally, you cut out the middleman and support an important livelihood in a very impactful way.

If these reasons have you convinced to start buying your produce locally, check out your local farmer’s markets or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs that allow you to subscribe to receive boxes of locally-grown produce. When you buy your fruits and vegetables locally, it’s a win for everyone.

  • 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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