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

8 Ways Becoming a Mentor Benefits You

Giving your time to help others can be a huge commitment, especially in a mentor/mentee program. Whether you’re mentoring school children, those in need or a young professional in your own organization, mentoring is hard work.

A mentorship program has more in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.

1. Give back to the community.
Becoming a mentor in the community is an excellent way to give back in a unique and challenging way. When you mentor fellow community members, you give them the chance to develop and grow, therefore strengthening the community as a whole. Not to mention, you continue to live and grow an altruistic lifestyle.

2. Help a struggling neighbor.
Whether a mentee is a young child or an aging adult, as a mentor you have the opportunity to help guide a struggling member of your community. Provide valuable life advice, work through challenges and encourage mentees to achieve. When you help someone in need, you in turn fill your own life with positivity.

3. Share your knowledge with another.
Mentorship gives you the chance to share your own experiences and life knowledge with a fellow human being. Did you struggle with chemistry homework in high school? Tell your mentee! Do you use a planner to help coordinate and organize your life for school? Tell your mentee that too. As a mentor, you can help spread valuable knowledge to others.

4. Learn from someone else.
Not only does mentorship help mentees learn, but you can learn from mentees as well. Let them share their life stories and experiences with you, and gain valuable knowledge from viewpoints you may never have been exposed to otherwise. Because when two people come together, knowledge is compiled and shared.

5. Build relationships.
Nothing is more valuable than relationships, and mentoring allows you to build a new relationship with someone close. Whether this relationship is peer-based, work-based or familial, you can gain a new life-impacting connection with someone. And when you build a new relationship with one person, you create a web of interlocking relationships with others.

6. Practice active listening.
Active listening is a skill few people have mastered, but by mentoring you can learn just how to do it. Practice your active listening skills with your mentee and learn to focus on the here and now. Not only will this help your personal life, but your professional life will benefit as well from your newly found active listening skills.

7. Develop your resume.
If you’re still not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take this into consideration: being a mentor looks great on a resume. If you have no other reasons to mentor, this is still a strong one. You can demonstrate to future employees your philanthropic work and altruistic attitude towards helping the community, then land the job you’ve always been hoping for.

8. Advance your leadership.
Leadership is an invaluable skill to have both personally and professionally. Becoming a mentor for someone in need gives you just the right chance to develop your leadership skills. If you’re struggling to be organized or responsible, mentorship helps you grow in these leadership roles. You can then become a stronger leader in whatever area you choose.

Mentoring a child, peer or coworker can be a challenge, but the benefits far outweigh the time commitment. If you’re looking to advance your personal and professional life towards a more altruistic lifestyle, consider becoming a mentor. You get to help someone in need while they in turn enhance your life as well.

  • 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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