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

3 Altruistic Hobbies to Start in 2015

Get a running start in 2015 by modifying some everyday activities. Even if the change is small, it can still have a great impact. Start a couple new hobbies (or continue your present hobbies) to help others in need. Not only will you be relaxing, but you’ll be giving back to your community. Here are three ideas of altruistic hobbies to start in 2015:

Knitting for the homeless—While there are various shelters in your community, some may be at capacity and find it difficult to take in all of the homeless at night. During the winter, sleeping outside can be especially dangerous. Help the homeless by knitting scarves, hats and gloves to keep warm during the winter months.

Making blankets for animals in shelters—Animals are lonely without families in shelters and seek comfort from toys. Make tie blankets to help the animals feel more secure and soothed at the shelter.

Read to children—Seek out a youth shelter or adoption agency in your community and volunteer to host a reading time, where you read books to young children. It’s a great way to engage their imagination and a way for you to give back.

  • 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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