About : History
The Glory House came into being when a First Baptist congregational member heard a sermon about the need for such a facility. On faith, she rented a rambling, old house at 220 South Williams Avenue in Sioux Falls. Two days later, she called the pastor, Rev. Roger Fredrikson, and told him, “I have your halfway house.” A Board of Directors was established, and with the help of a lot of interested people, the old pink house was cleaned up and furnished. Its name, The Glory House, was chosen because the congregation was touring the house the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated.
On June 2, 1968, Joe and Edith McAuley, along with their four daughters, came to Sioux Falls, from Ottawa, KS and began to seek out a new beginning, to help men who were willing to go “halfway.”
The demand for new services increased and plans were made to build a new Glory House. Land was donated, money became available, and the new home was constructed at 4000 South West Avenue, it’s current location. In October 1975, the ribbon to the new home was cut by the mayor of Sioux Falls, Mike Schirmer.
In the Fall of 1985, the Board of Directors decided to pursue a different approach to running the Glory House. It was decided to no longer have the Director and their families live on the premises, but they would incorporate a twenty-four hour supervisory staff to administer the program. The Glory House continued to expand and in 1988, ground was broken on a 28-bed addition. The new addition housed men and the original building was remodeled into a facility for 12 women and expanded administrative offices. The woman’s program began on November 15, 1989.
In March 1990, Glory House received state accreditation as a transitional program for alcohol and drug treatment. In September 1990, a parenting program, Making Families Whole, was developed to assist residents in re-uniting with their children. In May 1991, the Electronic Monitoring Program was developed.
In March 1993, the Corrective Thinking Treatment Program, an evidence-based practice, was initiated. On August 1, 1993 a 25th Anniversary Celebration was held on the Glory House grounds.
In July 1995, Glory House became a Community Sanctions Center for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. At approximately the same time, outpatient groups on corrective thinking for probationers and parolees were added. In August 1996, Glory House implemented a risk assessment instrument called the Level of Service Inventory (Revised).
In 1998, Glory House celebrated its 30-year anniversary in Sioux Falls, SD. In 2003, the Glory House acquired the Administrative Annex, creating a situation where they went from 42 to 56 beds. In 2007, Glory House implemented a Methamphetamine treatment program, structured upon evidence-based practices.
Continual growth and expansion has brought the Glory House into 2008 celebrating 40 years of serving the community. With the help of a federal grant and a capital campaign, the Glory House celebrated the opening of The Sands Freedom Center. This exemplary facility has both residential treatment for women and outpatient treatment for anyone battling stimulant addiction. The opening of The Sands Freedom Center took the Glory House to an 80 plus bed capacity.
Currently the Glory House provides GPS Electronic Monitoring, SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring), a Native American Treatment Program, Methamphetamine/Stimulant Treatment Program, Intensive Methamphetamine Treatment (IMT) Program, and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Program.
The Glory House employs over 50 full time and part time employees and will provide services for approximately 300 residential clients this year and approximately 150 outpatient clients. There are currently 2 Licensed Professional Counselors, 8 certified Chemical Dependency Counselors, and 5 Chemical Dependency Counselor trainees. Because of the co-occurring disorders needs, some of our staff also have mental health degrees and are working towards licensure as such. In addition to the Executive Director and counseling staff, Glory House has a Social Services Director and Clinical Supervisor, an Outpatient Coordinator, Human Resource and Compliance Officer, a Facility Manager, a Resident Employment Coordinator, and 3 Case Managers.