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.

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    St. Gianna Women's Homes

    In the Spring of 2011, we opened on a new 24 apartment unit which is sorely needed for victims of domestic violence and those escaping abortion. This is in addition to the existing three bedroom home we already have. Collectively, this program is called St. Gianna Women’s Homes. We now have the capability to provide a safe place for over 100 women and children. Though it will serve women of all faiths in the Diocese of Lincoln, St. Gianna Women’s Homes will not make any recommendations or referrals contrary to the Catholic faith and is staffed by the Marian Sisters.

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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 Things All Children Need For Good Mental Health

In order for children to grow, learn and reach their full potential, they must have good mental health. But mental and emotional needs aren’t nearly as easy to identify as physical needs. While food, water and shelter are obvious requirements for a child’s well being, the factors that can impact his or her mental health status are less tangible. According to Mental Health America, these are four of the things that children need for good mental health:

- Physical health. A child’s physical health and mental health go hand-in-hand. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep all greatly benefit their emotional state.

- Unconditional love from family. An environment of love and acceptance at home is crucial. Children should know that even though they make mistakes and will continue to do so, they will always be loved and accepted for who they are.

- Self-confidence and high self-esteem. Building self-confidence in children requires thoughtfulness. Children should be encouraged to try new things even if failure is very possible, and they should be taught how to set realistic goals and deal with different outcomes. Adults should be careful not to put too much weight in giving praise and should always avoid making sarcastic or dismissive remarks when a child is dealing with failure.

- The opportunity for play. Though playtime might just seem like lighthearted fun, it is absolutely necessary for a child’s mental health development. Playing allows them to explore their creativity, and doing so with other children teaches them how to form relationships, problem-solve and cooperate with others.

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