Mission

Our mission is to build a network of foster care families and support them in their needs without discrimination.

Vision

To have more foster families than children in need of foster care.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
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Gruba
THERESE + JIM 
CO-FOUNDER / BOARD PRESIDENT/ BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBER

Jim, a native Duluthian, serves New Hope as a Spiritual Advisor and foster dad.  Foster mom Therese was born in St. Cloud is UMD alumni with a BFA in theater and serves as Director of  New Hope.  They have eight children, four daughters-in-love, and three granddaughters with #4 due in June 2022, and through foster care have added many more to their family as the Lord blesses them to do so.

Jim and Therese's marriage/life verse is:  

"Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."  Jeremiah 33:3 

  

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Fischer
BOARD VICE PRESIDENT / BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBER

Together with Jim and Therese Gruba, Joe and Briar Fischer co-founded New Hope for Families in 2019.
Through Joe's work as an Assistant County Attorney focusing on child protection, Joe and Briar have developed a heart for serving foster families and children in need. Through the love and grace of Jesus Christ, Joe and Briar have been married since 1989, and they have four children.

ANGELA
Torgeson
BOARD MEMBER
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GAYLE
Blatnik
TREASURER

With many years of experience in bookkeeping, Gayle Blatnik brings her accounting skills to New Hope For Families serving as the Treasurer for our Board of Directors.  Gayle was born and raised in Duluth, MN and is the only board member that can say she attended the old St. Anthony’s school, (now the NHFF community center of operations), and was married there as well!  She and her husband Mike raised two wonderful daughters. Gayle heard the gospel and trusted in Christ at age 24 and has been involved in ministering to children over the years through teaching young children in Sunday school and working with young people in the youth group and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a team working to help kids and families thrive in her local community.

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Torgerson
ANGELA
BOARD MEMBER

Ang is so thankful to God for he has done “exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all that she has dared to hope, ask, or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) in her life. She and her husband, Brandon, are passionate about making themselves and their family fully available to God. They are Licensed Foster Parents and have 5 children in their home: some biological, some adopted through foster care, and some foster. They believe God has a call on each one of their children. 
 

Ang comes with a background of various experiences in which the Lord has taught her about children and families. She holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work and was a family advocate and children’s program manager in Minneapolis. Ang also spent time serving as a missionary in Romanian orphanages. Most recently she was a Children’s Pastor. Currently, she serves full-time in her home caring for and Homeschooling her children. 
 

Ang is honored to be on the board as well as helping with the Mom’s Support Group. She loves connecting with other Moms on similar journeys and encouraging others to foster or adopt. She is looking forward to what God is doing through New Hope for Families! 

SUPPORT STAFF
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KRISTINA
Linder
KIDZ KLOSET 

My name is Kristina Linder. 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

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MELISSA
Rugg
MEDIA COORDINATOR

Melissa has been with New Hope since 2021 as our Media Coordinator. She and her husband, Pastor JR Rugg, are foster/adoptive parents, and both work in ministry. When Melissa isn't parenting or helping out at New Hope, she is either at church helping with their teens, tech, and worship or cooking for campers at Camp Amnicon in the summers. 

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TOM + Nicole
Schaer
NEW HOPE FOSTER FAMILY

  Parents of three. The past six months may best be described by the word “transition”. After 13.5 years of serving as a 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. 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Our standard is the Bible- we believe it is the complete, inspired Word of God and sufficient to guide all decisions with unity around the *the gospel of grace as the basis for our ministry.

gospel: 

*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 imminent 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