HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, STRONGER
THAT’S WHAT GLORY HOUSE CLIENTS BECOME
Since 1968, Glory House has helped people struggling with addiction, mental health problems and poor life skills claim their lives by using evidence based practices provided by caring staff.
Both residential and outpatient clients develop the skills needed to live a successful life free of drugs, alcohol and crime. The trained and experienced staff at Glory House help clients find employment, housing and transportation. Individuals have the opportunity to address their many complex challenges. Clients identify their personal risk factors and develop winning strategies that keep them moving forward.
With the support and involvement of the local community, Glory House assists clients to become happier, healthier, stronger and contributing members of the community.
Compassion of Christ
Painted by Richard Gorsuch
DAVE JOHNSON RETIRES; NICOLE DVORAK NAMED INTERIM PRESIDENT
The Glory House Board of Directors has named Nicole Dvorak the Interim President of Glory House. Dvorak has been part of the Glory House staff since 1999, and also serves as the Compliance Officer and Manager of Human Resources. She states, "Glory House to so many including myself is really Glory Home. A home offers warmth, safety and a sense of belonging. I am honored to have this long connection to the agency."
Dave Johnson retired at the end of September, after serving as President for most of the past 30 years. The Board of Directors honored him with a retirement reception at the Country Club of Sioux Falls on September 23.
FIRST-TIME SUCCESS STORY--FROM GLORY HOUSE TO NEW HOUSE
"The real estate market in Sioux Falls is just crazy busy and competitive," wrote Thomas* in a recent e-mail to Glory House staff, describing his six-month search for a place to live. First, he looked for a place to rent. Felon-friendly housing is not easy to find, and the places who do accept tenants with his background have a long waiting list. After being turned down 383 times from March through mid-September--Thomas kept track--he started looking into buying a small house.
His status as a disabled veteran helped Thomas to qualify for a loan. But scarcity was the next roadblock. He would find a house he liked, call the realtor, and hear over and over, "Sorry, it is already sold," often purchased for 20-25% over the asking price. "I could have cried about it and done something stupid, but I just kept going," he reflected.
Finally an offer was accepted by a builder who was eager to sell a new home that was actually bigger than he needs, so he will rent out the basement to a friend who is also disabled. Thomas credits the bank, the realtor and Glory House staff members for helping to make this dream come true. "I believe God had a hand in this too," he writes. Besides working fulltime and being a fulltime student, Thomas attends church on Sundays and Bible Study on Mondays. In his free time, he enjoys crossword puzzles from the newspaper.
Thomas concludes, "This might be a good story to share about never giving up and working hard; and how it resulted in a wonderful outcome. It may not always end up as wonderful but being this determined and hardworking will certainly put one in a much better place to accomplish a goal."
To our knowledge, this is the first time one of our clients has gone from prison to Glory House to the purchase of a new home. Congratulations, Thomas--your persistence and faith are indeed an inspiration for us all!
UNITED WAY FUNDING APPROVED FOR 2022
Glory House is receiving United Way funding for 2021, and has recently received word of approval for additional funding in 2022 (pending the success of this year’s United Way campaign).
The United Way grant has allowed us to increase the staff time devoted to Case Management. Glory House case managers assist clients with numerous practical needs such as obtaining and maintaining employment, making and keeping medical and legal appointments, and getting other life necessities from a driver’s license to a winter coat.
United Way funding also allows us to expand Case Management services into the Glory House Apartments, assisting several tenants with unique challenges as identified by the Department of Social Services. Kelly Cleveringa, our program coordinator states that "The United Way grant will help our case managers go the extra mile in serving our clients with professionalism and effectiveness."
Clients discover life skills, problem-solving skills, and positive habits to improve their lives, their families, and their social relationships.
Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Glory House offers holistic and evidence based alcohol and drug treatment. Our certified and licensed counselors assess the unique needs of every client. The results of this assessment determine the type and level of treatment that will best help the client resolve their addiction issues. The Intensive Outpatient Treatment program is an eight week outpatient program for treatment of alcohol and other non-stimulant drugs using the Matrix Model. The program is “evidence-based” meaning it uses methods that are proven to be effective with those suffering from addiction. During Intensive Outpatient Treatment, a small group of clients meet with a licensed or certified addiction counselor to learn about addiction and gain skills that will help them achieve sobriety and avoid relapse. Clients who successfully complete the program can continue with Aftercare meetings that provide ongoing support for their sobriety.Learn More
Glory House offers a 16-week Intensive Methamphetamine Treatment program to treat of stimulant and opiate abuse. This program is designed to last longer for participants who are still recovering from the damaging effects of these drugs. Glory House uses the Matrix Model, which is an evidence-based curriculum that has been proven to successfully treat users of methamphetamine and other stimulants. After completing the 16-week program, clients can attend Aftercare meetings that reinforce what they learned in treatment and support their continued sobriety.Learn More
Glory House provides individual counseling with addiction and mental health counselors. Counselors can work with clients on an individual basis to help them manage co-occurring disorders. The addiction and mental health counselors at Glory House work with clients individually to help them develop healthier coping skills that will aid them in recovering from addiction, trauma and mental health disorders, and avoid relapse.Learn More
Every residential client at Glory House works with a case manager to learn how to effectively handle everyday challenges that coincide with responsible life style changes. Upon arrival, clients meet with a case manager who helps them obtain immediate necessities such as an identification card, clothing and medications. Once the client has the needed documentation to begin working, they meet with an employment coordinator who will help with job readiness. The employment coordinator gives clients information on current job openings, options for transportation and helps them to build skills to obtain and maintain employment. Clients continue to work with case managers throughout their stay at Glory House to practice ways of solving problems related to medical concerns, finances, transportation, housing and social support.Learn More
Glory House provides several types of monitoring for both residential and outpatient clients in order to maintain sobriety and accountability. Glory House also monitors clients referred by the courts and various agencies. Forms of monitoring include GPS, breathalyzers, sweat patches, random drug testing, and ankle bracelets with Secured Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM). Some clients may be monitored through an app on their smart phones that uses voice and facial recognition for monitoring.Learn More
Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Based Practice
Evidenced-Based Practices (EBP) is the progressive organizational use of direct, scientific, current evidence to guide efficient, cost-effective correctional services that positively impact subsequent recidivism / victimization and/or public satisfaction. At Glory House there are several types of Evidence-Based Practices used. Corrective Thinking using Truthought's Evidence-Based Corrective Thinking (TM) Process, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT@) and The Matrix Model are outlined below.Learn More