About Our Organization

The New Life Center has been meeting needs and transforming lives through the love of Christ since 1907. We help people who are homeless and hurting go from merely surviving to truly thriving.

Our aim is to help them discover value and find hope.

Founded as the Glad Tidings Mission, the New Life Center has evolved from an organization that primarily conducted religious services and neighborhood outreach work to a Christian multi-faceted emergency and crisis service center.

Meet the Leadership Team

Rob Swiers
Executive Director
Rob has been a part of the Mission since 2010; he moved into the director role in 2013. Rob’s area of focus is the overall operation and health of the organization. Prior to his time at the Mission, Rob worked for Hospice of the Red River Valley in a variety of leadership roles and before that at the Ronald McDonald House in client services and facilities management.
Tom O'Keefe
Operations Director
Tom joined the New Life Center team in February of 2017. Tom directs the dining services, janitorial services, facilities and maintenance, as provides oversight of the Thrift Store Operations. Prior to joining the mission Tom worked in health care administration for 25 years. He is a registered nurse and holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration.
Neal Hines
Program Director
Neal has been part of the Mission since 2014.  Neal oversees the Program Department which consists of programming, supervision of shelter and case management staff, and database administration.  Before joining the Mission, Neal was an Associate Pastor at First Assembly in Fargo.  Neal holds a bachelor degree in Family Science and Childhood Development from North Dakota State University, and a graduate degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.
Stephanie Strum
Project Manager
Stephanie has been part of the Mission since May 2017.  Stephanie works in our Development Department and brings over 10 years of marketing, advertising, event planning, project management and customer service experience to the position.  Stephanie holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Jay Thoreson
Community Outreach Officer
Jay has been part of the Mission since 2014. Jay’s areas of focus involves church relations, service clubs and corporate relations as well as public speaking.  Prior to joining the Mission, Jay worked in career development and leadership in higher education for 27 years. Jay completed his master's degree in Counseling,

Katie Orth
Development Officer
Katie joined the New Life Center June of 2017. Katie's area of focus involves donor development & relations, Sustained Giving Program, and Legacy Giving Program.    She has over fifteen years of healthcare experience and a passion for relationship building and community engagement.
New Life Center's Board of Directors
Robert Remark, Board President - Stein's Inc
Deborah Kaul, Board Vice President - Dignity Care, LLC
Aimee Schwartzwalter, Balance Tax & Acounting - CPA
Rob Swiers, Board Secretary - New Life Center
Pr. Jonas Bundy - Bethel Evangelical Free Church
George Korsmo - Korsmo Funeral Home
Vance Stemen - Stemen Farms
Michelle Albrecht - Homeless advocate

Join the New Life Center Team

If you are a dedicated Christian, with a desire to impact others through your job and feel good about your work, please consider joining the New Life Center team. We are a nonprofit, Christian organization that serves men experiencing homelessness. We offer competitive salaries, benefits, and the reward of knowing you are making a real difference in the lives of people right here in our community.

To apply, please click on the "Apply Now!" Button.

You will be taken to our online application. Please note: we no longer accept paper applications or emailed resumes. All interested applicants must apply online.

Current Job Openings

Thrift Store Sales Associate
Part Time

The Thrift Store Sales Associate is responsible for ensuring a positive shopping experience for all customers.  This will be accomplished by providing a warm welcome to the store; maintaining a clean well-organized, well stocked sales floor; locating desired items on the sales floor; fast friendly and accurate processing of purchases; assisting in other areas of the store and warehouse as needed.  The Sales Associate will be cross-trained in all areas of the production and retail environment to include, but not limited to: providing excellent customer service, cash-handling procedures, processing donated goods (sorting, pricing and stocking). Position is for 24 hours/week, and every other Saturday.

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