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April 20, 2017 05:14 PM

Glory House Expansion On The Horizon

Sioux Falls, SD

The Glory House is a transition home for people who have had trouble with the law and are looking to reintegrate into the community.  Now, there is finally a deal that will allow the Glory House to expand onto the site of the old Minnehaha Ice and Rec Center.

Dave Johnson has been executive director of the Glory House for more than 25 years. He's excited about what comes next.

"We've talked about how do you expand that continuum of services? And this is, we think, part of that answer," Johnson said. 

Outside Johnson's window is the old Minnehaha Ice and Rec Center. The plan is for the Glory House to buy part of the land behind the non-profit, and the city will donate some of the land to the Glory House.  A third section will be auctioned off. The city will also pay for the ice rink to be torn down.

"It has the Glory House's support. It has the city administration's support. I think we've worked really hard to bring everybody to the table to find the exact needs, what we can do to make the plan work for the Glory House, as well as the city," Sioux Falls City Council member Pat Starr said.

The Glory House has about 70 clients right now, and nearly all of them have jobs. The average stay there is less than three months.

"I think this is something we can wrap up by the end of June, so the Glory House can move forward with funding opportunities, and they can get building as quickly as possible," Starr said.

The plan also means a return on the city's initial investment.

"The citizens of Sioux Falls will receive over $300,000 on a $100,000 investment," Starr said.

Johnson thinks it'll be good for his organization's clients, too.

"I think it's going to change people's lives, and that's really what it's about," Johnson said.

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