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New Life Center's Mission

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.
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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 Manager

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
Communications Manager

Stephanie has been part of the Mission since May 2017.  Stephanie oversees the 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 Manager

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.


New Life Center's Board of Directors
Robert Remark, Stein’s Inc - Board President
Deborah Kaul, Dignity Care, LLC - Board Vice President
Aimee Schwartzwalter, CPA - Balance Tax and Accounting
Rob Swiers, New Life Center - Board Secretary
Pr. Jonas Bundy - Bethel Evangelical Free Church
George Korsmo - Korsmo Funeral Home
Vance Stemen - Stemen Farms
Michelle Albrecht - homeless advocate

Get Involved with New Life Center

A friendly smile. A warm handshake. A small, selfless act. Your simple actions can make a real difference in someone’s day or week. If you are an individual with a passion or coordinating a group that wants to tackle a project, you are welcome to dive in at the New Life Center. To be honest, we need you!

Donate & Create an Impact

Your generosity gives men a second chance. Your gifts provide food, safe shelter and recovery programs. All contributions are tax-deductible. The Fargo Union Mission, Inc, d.b.a. New Life Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, religious, charitable organization.

Types of generosity that help change lives:

Cash or Check
Credit Card
Stocks & Bonds
Bequests & Wills

In-Kind Donations are Life Savers

The New Life Center accepts in-kind donations of items for the thrift store, office supplies, food, cleaning supplies, and shelter related items. We cannot accept items that contain alcohol.

Items we can always use:

#10 Canned Vegetables
Gravy Packets
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of Chicken Soup
Cream of Celery Soup
Other Non-perishable food items
MAT Bus Passes
Men's Jeans
Men's Work-boots
Socks & Underwear
White T-Shirts
Flat and fitted X-Long twin sheets
Razors & Shaving Cream
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
Shampoo & Body Wash
Toilet bowl cleaner
Disinfectant Wipes