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Siena/Francis House
Homeless Shelter

The region's largest shelter providing food, shelter,
clothing and hope to homeless men, women and children

 

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Finn was born 8 weeks premature and hospitalized while his mom, Shannon, was at our shelter. A victim of constant physical abuse, Shannon had fled from her abuser under the cover of darkness and found her way to the Siena/Francis House.

2017EasterPhotoAt the lowest point in her life, a very pregnant Shannon desperately was seeking a fresh start. Her plans were put on hold when she began having a difficult time with her pregnancy. And, after her son Finn was born eight weeks prematurely, health complications required him to remain in the hospital while Shannon was homeless here at the Siena/Francis House.

As background, early in her marriage, Shannon was the victim of a physically abusive husband. The guy’s hot temper and alcohol addiction lead to senseless arguments, ending with Shannon becoming a punching bag in the guy’s drunken rages. After many blackened eyes and bruises on her body, Shannon finally made the decision to leave that life of fear and beatings. Six months pregnant and with almost no money, Shannon left him under the cover of darkness and made her way to the Siena/Francis House.

As her pregnancy continued, our staff cared for Shannon and brought her to medical appointments. As she was nearing her seventh month, Shannon began experiencing cramping and contractions. Our staff brought Shannon to a local hospital’s ER, and she was admitted. Two days later, Shannon gave birth to Finn, eight weeks premature.

Although Shannon recovered well, Finn had a number of health problems associated with the early birth. Besides weighing just over three pounds, Finn was diagnosed with a common breathing problem in premature babies called BPD (Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia). Finn needed sustained nursing care and medication, forcing him to remain in the hospital for two months, while Shannon returned to the Siena/Francis House.

During the time that Finn was hospitalized, a very distraught Shannon went to be with him daily. Our staff drove her to the hospital in the early morning each day, and picked her up at night. As Shannon prepared for Finn’s homecoming, we did too. Our staff stockpiled donations of baby items, including a bassinette, blankets, diapers, wipes and infant clothes. We also helped arrange for continued follow-up medical care for both Finn and Shannon.

It was with great relief to Shannon when Finn was finally discharged from the hospital to the Siena/Francis House. Although he’s still underweight, Finn has responded well to the care and love that he has received from Shannon and our staff, with the assistance of local medical personnel. And, while Shannon has been receiving our basic life-giving services of shelter, food and clothing, she also has the comfort of knowing that both she and Finn are safe and secure while they are temporarily under our roof. During this Easter season, Shannon is grateful for the “hand up” she and Finn have been receiving here at our shelter.

Will you please consider making your Easter gift right now to help us care for Shannon and Finn? Click HERE to make your secure online donation.  Shannon really didn't have anywhere else to turn to when she sought refuge here at the Siena/Francis House. And, I'm very grateful to be able to provide a safe place for her and Finn to stay, in their hour of need.

Please consider making your Easter donation today through our secure website by clicking HERE. We truly need your help to provide food, shelter, clothing and safety to the more than 500 hungry and homeless persons, like Shannon and Finn, who show up at our door each and every day.

Thank you and God bless you. I wish you a very happy Easter!

With gratitude,

Mike Saklar

Executive Director

P.S. Please send your Easter gift today to provide hope to persons like Shannon and Finn. Our house is always open because of generous and caring people who send gifts for their food, shelter, and clean clothes.

 

Gifts to Siena/Francis House are used to provide food, shelter, clothing, and care of the people who turn to us during their hour of need, and are greatly appreciated. All of our services are provided at no cost to our guests. All gifts to Siena/Francis House are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Our audited financial statements are freely available by writing to Siena/ Francis House, P.O. Box 217 DTS – Omaha, Nebraska – 68101. Our donor information is kept in strict confidence; our donor lists are never rented, shared, or exchanged with other organizations. The stories in our letters are real. Identifying details have been changed and file photos may be used to protect the privacy and therapeutic interest of our guests. For more information about Siena/Francis House or to include us in your estate planning, please contact Siena/Francis House Development Director, Tim Sully at (402) 341-1821.