About

Our Story

Not a shelter, but a home.

Family life is the basic unit of our society. There is a great need to heal our culture and strengthen the family structure in America. Bethlehem House has identified respect for all life – born and unborn – as the crucial issue our community must address.

We know every person has a right to life, and a right to a life; that is, a right to responsible parenting with loving care, education, and encouraging support. We work to compassionately and zealously launch lives on the upward path of responsibility, growth, and community spirit.

Bethlehem House is a place where each woman is shown how to love herself, and helped to find and develop her own unique talents so that upon departing she will be on a path to make the contribution to the world God has planned for her and her child.

Bethlehem House – Empowering Women from Surviving to Thriving

Our Values

Uphold the dignity of the human person

We know that each person is unique, important and deserving of life, unconditional love and respect from the moment of conception to natural death. It is our commitment to exemplify our knowledge of the intrinsic value of human life in all facets of our programs and services.

Support and strengthen family and community

We understand the importance of exemplifying what a healthy family and community looks like, feels like, and functions like. Family is the central social institution and good parenting helps sustain life, guides morality and informs healthy decision making.

Foster an environment of mercy and hope

It is our responsibility to demonstrate compassion to the most vulnerable population, and to instill hope in those we serve. We strive to cultivate a sense of solidarity in our greater community by identifying and addressing poverties of our culture.

Our Mission

Our Family-Centered Residential Care setting provides a place of hope and empowerment for women, pregnant and in crisis, to choose life for themselves and their unborn children.
Guided by our Catholic faith, and in conjunction with multiple community partners, Bethlehem House provides women, regardless of their faith preference, with residential and aftercare pathways for attaining quality pre and post-natal care, essential parenting skills, and economic security through education and employment.

Board Members

Kevin Bartak

President

Kevin Bartak

UMB Bank – Senior Vice President of Commercial Investments

Linda Maher

Vice President

Linda Maher

Encore Energy Executive Manager

Steven Knight

Treasurer

Steven Knight

Sisters of Mercy West Midwest – Director of Investments

Patricia Forret, RSM

Secretary

Patricia Forret, RSM

Religious Sister of Mercy; Eastern Mercy Health System Ex-executive

Tony Krings

Board at Large

Tony Krings

Veterans of Foreign Wars member, Creighton University affiliate

Jeanette Wojtalewicz

Board at Large

Jeanette Wojtalewicz

Catholic Health Initiative, Chief Financial Officer

Mike Bojanski

Board at Large

Mike Bojanski

Methodist College – adjunct professor

Rev. Lloyd Gnirk

Board at Large

Rev. Lloyd Gnirk

Archdiocese of Omaha board; Roncalli Catholic High School President Emeritus

Richard Muller

Board at Large

Richard Muller

Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research Treasurer

Craig Vavak

Board at Large

Craig Vavak

St. Charles Borromeo – Advisory Board

Patrick Leahy

Board at Large

Patrick Leahy

The Steier Group Associate Vice President

Laura Buddenberg

Board at Large

Laura Buddenberg

Director of Pastoral Affairs – Boys Town

Staff

Holly Sak

Executive Director

Holly Sak

After volunteering with the mission, Holly Sak accepted the Executive Director position in 2016. She is a strong, passionate advocate for women and families. Holly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from Truman State University and holds a bachelor degree in Nursing from Creighton University. She has worked with at-risk families for twelve years, specializing in maternity and early development. Holly served as the postpartum unit manager at Creighton University Medical Center for six years, and operated as a community health nurse and case manager for low income families for three years. In 2014, Holly received recognition by the Nebraska state health department for her instrumentation in the startup of a Healthy Families America (HFA) child abuse and prevention program with the Visiting Nurse Association of Douglas County. Holly has served on the Douglas County Perinatal and Intrapartum Health community boards.

Gina Tomes

Program Director

Gina Tomes

Gina Tomes assisted in launching the Family Life residential program for Bethlehem House in 2005, and has fostered programming since the organization’s inception. Gina has 25 years of experience in human services, education, affordable housing, addiction recovery, non-profit management and social work. She currently oversees the Family Life residential program, Aftercare Alumni services program, and Faith formation services. Gina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She holds a certificate in Family Ministry from Creighton University and is nationally certified Birkman Method Life Coach.

Liz Gelnette

Aftercare Specialist

Liz Gelnette

Liz Gelnette began as an intern in 2011 before assisting as overnight staff support. With unwavering dedication to the mission and tireless service to Bethlehem House residents, Liz grew into the role of full-time Aftercare Specialist.

Liz assists our residents’ transition out of Bethlehem House and into their own place. She works to foster a sense of family togetherness and community for each woman and child by continuing to engage them in healthy family activities and educational classes. Liz makes home visits and challenges all graduates to reach new goals and overcome challenges.

In addition to her support to women in crisis, Liz gifts of her time to volunteer bi-weekly at a local nursing home where she enjoys the opportunity to connect with those most in need of love and compassion.

Liz earned her Associates of Applied Science degree in human services from Metropolitan Community College.

Liz is married to John and together they have three children. They attend Church of Freedom.

Nina Kampe

Overnight Coordinator

Nina Kampe

Beth Mincer

Office Manager

Beth Mincer

Beth Mincer is a CPA certified accountant with over 40 years of experience. She tenured 17 years working as controller for the largest local CPA firm in the Omaha area.  Looking to semi-retire after years of corporate accounting, Beth joined the Bethlehem House team in 2016. She enjoys the flexibility and location, which is less than a mile from where she has lived since 1981.  And she loves the mission.

Beth is a graduate of Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Accounting.  She has been treasurer for various nonprofits over the years including Montessori Coop School, St. Martin of Tours Church, Dean Fricke Food Pantry and Magdalene Omaha.  

Beth has been married to Steve since 1979.  They have one daughter, Emma and a dog named Rieker.  They have been members of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in south Omaha for over 30 years.

Tammi Hess

Family Life Supervisor

Tammi Hess

Tammi is a graduate of the Bethlehem house. She holds an Associate’s degree in Accounting from Hamilton Business College in Des Moines Iowa. She has been working with addicts and alcoholics for the past 10 years, sharing her experiences, and offering strength and hope of a new way of life through a 12-step program of recovery. Tammi is a certified drug and alcohol counselor, and she comes with experience in working with at-risk families. Her programmatic duties include coordinating appointments and activities, direct case management of residents, and promoting positive relationships with community partners.

Tammi is a single mother and a member of Grace church. She has a 27 year old son and his name is Kevin.

Motto: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping and never giving up.

 

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2301 S. 15th St.
Omaha, NE 68108
P: 402-502-9224
F: 402-505-9016

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