Our Vision

In the winter of 2017, God planted a desire in our hearts to find a creative way to remedy the growing shortfall of foster care homes in our community.  Thus began our mission to recruit and support a network of foster care homes for children needing a safe place to land during times of trauma & transition.  As we build a community of support around foster families, we also seek to be available as a support community in the reunification of biological families when possible. 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

 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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JIM+THERESE 
Gruba
SPIRITUAL ADVISOR / PRESIDENT

Saved by the grace of God, serving together for the sake of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-6). Setting their 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, four 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.”

Joe+Briar
Fischer
VICE PRESIDENT / BOARD

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
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.

SHANNA
Blatnik
SECRETARY

Born and raised in Duluth, MN, Shanna placed her faith in Christ at age 7 and these days loves working with children in her home church, directing choir and producing one of the area's finest Christmas programs annually.   Shanna loves to see children brought to Christ and is proud to serve with an organization that has the gospel at its core.

NHFF taps into her gifts for organization and planning through fundraising events and serves as Secretary on the NHFF Board of Directors. 

ANGELA
Torgerson
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
KRISTINA
Linder
KIDZ KLOSET 

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

IAN
DeVaney
MEDIA COORDINATOR

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.

MICHAELA
DeVaney
MEDIA COORDINATOR

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.

TOM + Nicole
Schaer
EMERGENCY SHELTER

  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. 

 
STATEMENT OF FAITH

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.

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 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