Our vision is to create and support a network of foster care homes for children needing a safe place to land during transition, either back home or long-term foster home. In accomplishing this, we are building a community of support around foster families. In the winter of 2017, God began to stir in our hearts a desire to find a creative way to remedy the growing shortfall of foster care homes in our community.  We believe that together, we can make a difference.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27


Saved by the grace of God, serving together for the sake of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-6). Setting our sights on reaching souls. Jim, a native Duluthian serves New Hope as the Spiritual Advisor, lovingly known as "Grandpa Jim." Therese was born in St.Cloud, MN and graduated from UMD with her BFA in theater. She is the cofounder and president of New Hope FOR Families. They have eight children, three daughters-in-love, and three granddaughters. Over the years, they have added many daughters + sons to their family, as the Lord blesses them to do so.

Life Verse: Jeremiah 33:3 

"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."

He, the Lord, continues to do so as we entrust NHFF's to Him to do the Great + Mighty!

Matthew 19:14

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”


Husband, father of three. He spent years in foster care as a child and knows what it is like to be pulled from all that one knows and to be placed in the unknown. Kenny wants to see families restored and made healthy and whole by the grace of God. New Hope FOR Families is place where this can take place.


A born and raised Duluthian, a daughter of Christ, with a dedication to community development.
Emily has an inherit passion for serving her community, specifically children. This passion flourished throughout her life, exponentially during her college career where she pursued an undergraduate degree from The College of Saint Scholastica’s Global, Cultural and Language Studies program. Her devotion to Duluth kept her within the community to complete her MBA. Her hope for her role within NHFF is to not only serve the children in need through Christ, but to also implement her business background to ensure that this ministry will be successful and sustainable for generations. In her free time, you can find Emily painting, running the boardwalk, singing, or at the dog park with her two dogs, Hudson and Harper.


Follower of Jesus, wife to Joe, mother to four, caregiver to her mother-in-law and server. She is also a native Duluthian who is serving on the board as a concerned citizen.


My name is Kristina Linder, and I am a brand new member of the New Hope family. The Lord had been laying on my heart the desire to minister and serve in our community, and a week later, I was asked to take over the Kidz Kloset outreach! I’m so thankful to have this opportunity, and to be a part of such an amazing non-profit. I believe it has the power to change lives! If you have a specific need that NHFF could help with, please contact me at

(218) 310-8313 or Punkinears@gmail.com


A believer and native Duluthian, Ian graduated from North Central University with a degree in Music Business. Ian got connected to New Hope For Families in the beginning when he met founders Therese Gruba and Joe Fischer on a mission trip to a children's home in Reynosa, Mexico. At that point, New Hope For Families was just a concept but he wanted to get involved. Ian desires to use his experience in marketing and youth ministry to promote New Hope For Families and help children grow in a healthy and caring environment.


Born and raised in Duluth, Michaela followed in her brother's footsteps and graduated from North Central University with a Music Business degree. The eventual goal was to start a nonprofit music school and recording studio for at-risk kids in the community. Michaela has always had a passion for children and discovered through years of teaching preschool, nannying, and working as a PCA that she felt drawn to the "difficult" kids. This led her to her current job as a youth counselor in a residential home for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Michaela knew Therese through the local music scene and Anchor Point and jumped at the chance to partner with New Hope For Families and to use her knowledge of website design and social media to reach out to hurting families and children.

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Almost seven years ago Heather laid aside a life long dream to run an orphanage in Africa to pursue a strong call to care for children in crisis right here in her own back yard, St. Louis County. Their hope is to help children avoid the added trauma of realizing that there's no one who can or will accept them after they've just been removed from their families. Heather and her husband Chase are now a licensed foster care family and encouraging others to join them on this journey- providing love and security to children in need of hope.


  Parents of three. The past six months may best be described by the word “transition”. After 13.5 years of serving as pastor in a small rural church, God began stirring our family into transition mode. At the end of September, Tom stepped into the director position at ProLife Ministries of Duluth. This has its own beautiful story of coming full circle with Tom’s heart for the preborn growing in passion. They have aligned themselves with New Hope FOR Families and have been in the process of being licensed as foster parents. 


New Hope FOR Families is a faith based ministry with Jesus Christ the focus of all we do. Our standard is the Bible- we believe it is the complete, inspired Word of God and sufficient to guide all decisions.  Our desire is to win souls, to be salt and light and to be ambassadors for the clear *gospel of grace. We seek to bring hope, show the unconditional love of God and be a source of comfort to the temporally or permanently orphaned children in our community.  We are a fellowship of believers with unity around God’s simple plan of Salvation with the * the gospel of grace as the root of all our ministries and activities.


*Romans 3:23

*Romans 6:23

*Ephesians 2:8-9

*John 3:16

*Romans 5:8

We Believe:

The inerrancy of the scriptures

The Deity of Jesus Christ

The need of every person for Spiritual life having been born dead in sin

The life,  ministry and death of the Lord Jesus Christ on man’s behalf

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ

Justification before God by faith alone in Christ alone

The permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit

The eternal security of all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior

The immanent return of Jesus Christ

A literal hell

A literal heaven

The sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman

The sanctity of life for the unborn

our key verses:

James 1:27 //  Jeremiah 33:3  // John 3:16-17 //  

I John 5:13 // Romans 1:16 // Ephesians 2:8-9


1028 East 8th Street

Duluth, MN 55805

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