Addressing Coronavirus

Dear Partners and Friends:

I want to share information on what New Life Center is doing in an immediate and ongoing way to alter practices that help reduce the odds of Covid-19 impacting our community.

First, due to the vulnerable health conditions of those we serve, we have limited access to our building for visitors and volunteers.

To ensure the health of the individuals we serve, we have begun to screen guests for symptoms as they come through our doors. Guests who exhibit symptoms will be isolated in a designated dormitory. Guests who are at high-risk (elderly or having other health complications not related to Covid-19) will be moved to a separate dorm area to distance them from the general population. Our onsite Sanford Health nurse and operations director are working closely with all departments to ensure that appropriate hand washing and other preventative measures are in place. Throughout this process, we are staying in close contact with Fargo Cass Public Health.

In addition, all high-touch surfaces in the building are being cleaned every hour. Hand sanitizer and gloves are readily available.

Regarding our meal service, sack meals are available in the front entrance for community members. Our kitchen has discontinued self-service items and uses disposable dishware and utensils. Access to the kitchen is limited to those who are preparing and serving meals.

The thrift store is open with new hours:

Monday - Friday: 9am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Your financial support is very important at this time. The above measures will impact our budget. Your gift will help us continue to serve a very vulnerable population. You can make a gift online by clicking here.

The COVID-19 global pandemic triggered the United States government to sign the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, providing tax benefits to supporters of nonprofits that may improve charitable giving this year.  

The CARES Act grants the following for 2020: Gifts up to $300 are 100% deductible, even for those     using the standard deduction. This means donors can deduct up to $300 per year whether they itemize deductions or not. Contributions by cash, credit card or check are eligible; gifts of stock are not. The maximum charitable deduction is raised to 100%. Previously, individuals could deduct up to 60% of their adjusted gross income (AGI) for charitable deductions of cash (not gifts of stock). The stimulus package allows individuals to deduct up to 100% of their AGI in 2020. This is helpful for donors making major cash gifts, reducing their overall federal tax burden. In addition, donations in excess of AGI may be carried over to future tax filings for up to five additional years. Corporations have greater incentive to make charitable gifts. Previously, charitable giving for a corporation was limited to 10% of taxable income. The limit has been increased to 25% of taxable income, providing larger charitable gifts a     greater tax and philanthropic incentive for business donors.  

Finally, and most importantly, we are maintaining our trust in God. This is an anxious time for our whole nation. At times like this, we lean into the promise of God. We rely on God’s love and grace. God promises to walk with us, to never leave us or forsake us. Please keep our nation, our staff, and those we serve in your prayers.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

In Christ,

Rob Swiers, Executive Director