The first Glory House facility dates back to April 1968. The Rev. Dr. Roger Fredrikson recognized the need for housing for men coming out of prison. One of the members of his congregation at First Baptist Church rented an old pink house on West 12th St. and Dr. Fredrikson’s vision became a reality. A planning group was touring the house on the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed. After a rousing chorus of “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,” they decided on the name, “Glory House.”
Demand for services grew and in 1975 the first building on the present campus was opened. In 1988 ground was broken for a 28-bed addition. In March 1990 Glory House received state accreditation as a transitional program for alcohol and drug treatment. In May 1991 Glory House began to offer electronic monitoring.
Throughout the 1990’s programming continued to expand to include corrective thinking and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment. From 1995-2018 GH was a Community Sanctions Center for the Federal Bureau Of Prisons.
The expansion of programming created a need for more space. The administration annex was added in 1998, increasing the capacity for male clients to 60. In 2008, Glory House opened the Sands Freedom Center to house female clients and outpatient services. Glory House is now able to house 75 men and 32 women.
Programming continues to expand in response to changing community needs. Glory House now offers methamphetamine specific treatment and the CBISA approach—Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abusers. Outreach programs have served schools, churches and community groups. Glory House has developed programming that is specific to the culture and needs of our Native American clients. With an active Board of Directors and strong community support, we expect that Glory House will continue to grow and expand to serve the needs of our clients and the community.
Glory House Apartments was opened in December, 2019 to provide safe and sober permanent housing in 25 efficiency apartments. Glory House graduates and others from the community can apply for this affordable option by clicking here.