Santa Monica was the first halfway house in Omaha, Nebraska designed exclusively for women. With John Kenefick's (then-President of Union Pacific Railroad) $10,000 grant in 1972, Santa Monica began it groundbreaking work with only two residents.
Our name was inspired by Saint Augustine's mother, Saint Monica (332 AD-387 AD), the patron saint of alcoholics, mothers, and victims of abuse. While we are not allied with any church or sect, Saint Monica’s story continues to inform our mission. Saint Monica is said to have perhaps struggled with alcohol use, but is also well-remembered as a dedicated mother and victim of spousal abuse. Her commitment both to her own health and the well-being of her child serve as a symbolic reminder of the ways that one woman’s decision to heal can reverberate throughout her family and community. Her son, the great Doctor of the Church, credits his mother’s health and prayers for his own conversion and influence.