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NEW HOPE NEWS // 11.3.19

One of my favorite components of Rio Bravo Ministries +

(the ministry that New Hope FOR Families is founded after), is its “Camping Ministry."

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive…" Acts 20:35

This is lived out through the various groups that travel just across the Rio Grande to “Camp” at the beautiful oasis in the center of Reynosa, Mexico. Nestled within one of the most impoverished cities in Mexico is a ministry that has been home to thousands of its children. They are from families that need support and those children that have been abandoned or given up for various reasons. This Island of hope has been built brick by brick through the combined efforts of the hundreds of volunteers that have traveled miles to come invest several days, weeks, and months or in some cases years into this beautiful community. Every February for the past two decades, such a group has traveled by bus from Duluth, MN to Reynosa. They “camp” at the compound and throughout the next several days, invest energy, time and talent into both the children and families housed in the six homes, as well as the school(s), playground, gymnasium, chapel, and the land located within Rio Bravo’s campus.

Here in Duluth, MN we are seeking to duplicate a similar work to help struggling families and kids who need homes by creating a network of foster homes supported by a community of volunteers. Last February 28, we at New Hope were gifted the St. Anthony’s Community Center and Rectory by the Benedictine Sisters and thus our own “camping” ministry began as well.

Therese Gruba,

Co-founder and President,

New Hope FOR Families


We have hosted several groups that have gifted us with hours, days, weekends and weeks of service to help us build this center of operations which we envision a:

f o s t e r h o m e currently open and licensed as of may 2019

f e l l o w s h i p a n d t r a i n i n g s p a c e every-other Sunday afternoon check out our events page + for foster families and those interested in supporting them within community

s u p e r v i s e d v i s i t a t i o n s p a c e to be determined!

a r t s t u d i o to be determined! (as soon as we can find a licensed electrician to help us, hint, hint!)

d a y c a r e c e n t e r opening early 2020


Our goal is to bolster and strengthen

our foster care system by addressing

this need through a network of

support which includes YOU. Together

we are making a difference!

As individuals involved in helping

foster children, we want to invite

you to be a part of our community

as we believe that together we

can offer the support, material goods,

guidance, healthy relationships, and

HOPE for foster families and children.

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September Updates!

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.


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!


The current needs of our foster care families include diapers, size 3 and larger; Pull-ups; unscented wipes; a bike stroller, boys and girls sweatpants small, medium & large.

community center needs include helping hands with small building, electrical, plumbing  projects, carpet and flooring; paper products; gas cards, coffee (grounds or k-cups), bottled water.
We love the saying, "many hands make light work" - this has surely been our story - every little bit helps alot!

Warmest regards,

Therese Gruba


New Hope FOR Families


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