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Glory House Helping Inmates In Transition

April 2, 2014, 4:50 PM by Matt Holsen

Glory House Helping Inmates In Transition

The Glory House in Sioux Falls is one of 14 recipients of the Avera Tradition of Caring grant. Staff at the facility wants to get the word out about the work it does helping get inmates and others back on their feet and back into the community.

From federal to state inmates or people in need of help before possible prison time, the Glory House in Sioux Falls helps them out through more than 20 programs.

"Our job is to focus in on those things that have impacted their life negatively but also give them hope that they have the chance to change and give them every opportunity to do so," Dave Johnson said.

Johnson, Glory House Executive Director, says the facility boasts 84 beds and is part of Governor Dennis Daugaard's criminal justice initiative.

Employees at the Glory House are already busy but the work load will continue to increase as the state tries to find alternatives to prison time.

"We're very busy. We run full most of the time. Not only do we have our residential piece, but we're also accredited to do outpatient substance abuse services," Johnson said.

Depending on the need, the facility can service clients with mental health or substance abuse issues and more. It's all in an effort to transition people back into the community where they can live and work.

"They want a chance to prove themselves. They want a chance to be in our community and to do that we have to get our message out. To do that, we have to make sure the community knows we're here and we provide a viable service," Johnson said.

The Glory House also services people on probation or parole as well as people coming out of treatment centers.

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