// U P D A T E S
We are happy to report that our open house was a grand success! It was a beautiful evening with a constant stream of folks interested in learning about New Hope For Families touring our newly renovated community center and learning more about New Hope. Thanks to Mary Hermanson for the beautiful music as people explored our wonderful sanctuary and placed bids on our silent auction items - we raised over $1,300!
The highlight of the evening was special guest and keynote speaker Ray Hansen, founder/director of Rio Bravo Ministry - a children's home in Reynosa, Mexico - the inspiration for New Hope For Families. Ray delighted all with his journey of faith and the story of how he began this amazingly successful children’s ministry, from the ground up, caring for the needs of hundreds of children in his community. It was a wonderful evening establishing many new connections within our community!
Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who donated silent auction items, Johnson's Bakery for the fresh-baked cookies and Hope City Church for sharing your sound equipment for the event, and last but definitely not least, thanks Ian Devaney & Jeff Nast for volunteering as our sound guys! Thanks to them, you can view a recording of Ray’s talk on our NHFF Facebook page. Special thank-you to Lynsey Cooper for the beautiful photos of our event- you can see a few of them below.
Rio Bravo Ministry's Ray Hansen
New Hope For Families President and Co-Founder, Therese Gruba, with son, Peter, and daughter-in-law, Lily.
Assistant County Attorney, St. Louis County, and NewHope For Families Vice-President and Co-founder, Joe Fischer
// N E E D S
Current needs of foster care families:
> Diapers, size 3 and larger
> Pull-ups, all sizes
> unscented wipes
> Bike stroller
> Boys and girls sweatpants, all sizes
Current community center needs:
> Helping hands with building, electrical, plumbing, carpet, and flooring projects
> Paper products
> Gas cards
> Coffee (grounds or K-cups)
> bottled water
// TEAM ADDITIONS
A big hi-five and warm welcome to our new Kids Closet coordinator Kristina Linder. Kristina, her husband Brian Linder and artist Amy Halverson coordinated, designed, built, and hung our new building signage. Beautiful and so helpful!! (If you have Kids Closet needs or donations, please contact Kristina - 218-310-8313)
We would also like to introduce our new media coordinators, the amazing brother and sister team - Ian and Michaela DeVaney. You guys Rock!
So grateful for the added awareness and exposure from The Woman Today Magazine's Rosie Awards of the great need for foster care and support in the Twin Ports! Our President and Co-Founder Therese Gruba, received the "Most Engaged Volunteer" award and we've already had interest from new volunteers and contacts interested in our work here!