About Us

Our Mission

Your life is worth living well.

We believe that God loves every single person and that their life is worth living… and worth living well. Our goal is the share the love of Christ with women everywhere. From mental health care to continuing education, New Life helps to provide women with some of the tools they need to live their lives well.

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Who We Are

New Life is a not-for-profit Christian residential program for women ages 18+ who are struggling with life-controlling issues. We focus on Christ-centered nurturing, intensive Christian education, one-on-one coaching, life-skills training, community service and ministry opportunities. As a not-for-profit organization, we solely depend upon the generous support of businesses, community organizations, churches, and individuals. We do not accept any government funding.

Life Controlling Issues

Some of the life-controlling issues that women may face in today’s world are drug and alcohol addiction, sexual, mental, and physical abuse, and mental health illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, and other compulsive behaviours.


New Life was founded by Larry Snider and his wife Kathy in the fall of 1988. Larry was a troubled youth who rebelled against his family’s standards and went his own way hoping to find everything the world had to offer. He ended up in the hospital as an alcoholic. Knowing he needed help and being desperate to change, Larry Snider entered a Teen Challenge program and joined the Christian faith, marking the beginning of his healing and transformation.

After he finished the Teen Challenge program, Larry and his wife, Kathy, became one of the house parents at a Teen Challenge farm for boys. Larry became a pastor and felt God calling him to start a ministry for young women who had experienced abuse, who were struggling with addictions, and other life-controlling issues. Larry felt he was being directed to involve others in the community of faith who had a heart to help women. As a result, no government funding was sought so it could be set up as a total faith ministry.

Throughout the years, New Life has continued to be a faith ministry and still does not receive any government funding, so that the Gospel of Jesus can be shared. God has transformed the lives of many women who have walked through the doors of New Life and He offers each of us a new life in Christ.

Your Career in Starts Here

Do you have a passion for helping women? Are you interested in working at New Life?

As we transition into a new season, we will be looking to hire qualified and capable staff in various areas. As positions become available, we will post job openings. If you believe you would fit a role, please send us your resume and cover letter.

Our Team

staff Dawn Bailey Elbourne

Dawn Bailey-Elbourne

Director of Vision

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Nicole Mielke

Administrative Coordinator

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Chantelle Edwards

Marketing Coordinator

Chantelle Edwards
Marketing & Communications

“New faith, new hope… NEW LIFE.”

Our Board of Directors


Luke Vanderkamp



Laurie Tuckey


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Liz Denny



Jennies Edwards


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John Wikkerink


Robynne Smith

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Anita Geertsma

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Roy Skinner