Our Mission

To offer compassion, hope, and help to empower people and promote life.


We envision a community where: all children are cared for from conception, parents have the opportunity to learn how to develop a safe and loving home, and those who have been hurt by prior choices can receive forgiveness and healing through the love of Jesus.


Amanda Jo Grovenburg

Executive Director

Amanda Jo moved to Itasca County in 2008 and has been with New Beginnings since 2017. She is a wife, homeschooling mom, and grandmother. Amanda Jo has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Accounting and a heart for New Beginnings' mission. She desires to lead New Beginnings with compassion for every client who walks in the door and for each of the staff and volunteers. Amanda Jo enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, outdoor activities, and learning.

Amanda Wheelock, RN, BSN, PHN, CLC, SN, CPS-Tech, SRAS

Nurse Manager

Amanda has been with New Beginnings since January 2017. She is a local graduate of ICC, and a licensed RN. She has bachelor's degrees in Nursing and Applied Psychology with emphases in chemical dependency, gerentology, and family and community health. She has been certified in the following areas: Public Health Nurse, School Nurse, Certified Lactation Consultant, Child Passenger Safety Technician, and Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist. She enjoys fishing, gardening, reading, kayaking, biking, music, and going for walks.

Kathy Metzer

Outreach Coordinator

Kathy started at NBPCC as a volunteer client advocate in 2015.  She felt a calling in her life to help mothers with unexpected pregnancies for 18 years. In July of 2017 Kathy was given the opportunity to come on staff as Outreach Coordinator. She enjoys getting to know many people in the community and loves the creativity that the job requires. She loves the fact that she is able to help women, men, and families while reaching out into the community at the same time.  Kathy became a mother at the age of 19 and had 3 girls by the age of 23 so she understands the struggles of having children at a young age.  She has 3 step childen and also enjoys being a grandmother.  Faith, family, and friends are the most important things in her life.

Tammi Helmuth

Program Coordinator

Tammi was born and raised in the Grand Rapids community. She has been with New Beginnings since 2009 as a Client Advocate and in 2017 she became Program Coordinator. She has an Associate of Science degree in Human Services with emphases in Early Childhood and Chemical Dependency. She has been married to her husband Bill for over 25 years and is the mother of 5. Three of her children have graduated. She continues to homeschool her two youngest. She and her husband are enjoying being grandparents to a precious baby girl!

Jill Almendinger

Client Advocate

Jill has been married to the same wonderful man for 45 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren, for whom Jill helps provide care. Jill is a retired nurse and ophthalmic assistant. She is active in her church, serving on the pro-life committee, and volunteering wherever she can. She loves spending time with family (especially grandchildren) and a good cup of coffee with friends.  She has grown closer to God through her son's serious injury that could have left him paralyzed.

Brenda Letendre

Client Advocate

Brenda started as a volunteer at NBPCC and just recently joined as a staff member in the capacity of being a client advocate. She oversees and organizes the boutique and is currently training to be a post-abortive consultant at New Beginnings. Brenda has had the privilege of being married to a wonderful man for the last 28 years and together they have 8 beautiful children, 3 sons-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, and 4 grandchildren (and are awaiting the arrival of grandchild #5)! She also currently homeschools 3 of her children who are still at home. Brenda loves spending time with God and her family and she enjoys her chickens, reading, gardening, four-wheeling, hunting, and camping.

Andrea Sanborn

Grant Writer

Andrea moved to Grand Rapids from California with her husband, Bill, and son, Ben, in 2013. She has four adult children spread from Hawaii to Canada. Her passions are adoption, diversity, pro-life issues and teaching the Bible to younger women. Andrea, Bill, and Ben are active members of New Song Alliance Church. She has been involved in pro-life work for over 30 years, having founded a chapter of California Prolife Council in 1987. She has been volunteering with New Beginnings for special projects since 2014, and was hired to help with grant writing in 2017. She enjoys good books, deep conversations, and all things Minnesota.


Promote life giving options

We assist in walking families through the life giving options available to them.

Support parents and caregivers

We provide support through our boutique, educational programming, and caring staff.

Grow healthier families

Our hope is to empower parents and caregivers to make positive strides towards healthier, happier families in our communities!