About Firm Foundation Sober Living Homes
Firm Foundation a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation providing assistance to men and women who need a structured residential living environment in their recovery from substance abuse. The men and women served by Firm Foundations are residents of sober living facilities – alcoholics and drug addicts who exhibit a strong desire for recovery from their crippling addiction.
Firm Foundations serves the recovery community by sponsoring the Firm Foundations Sober Living Home and giving support to newly recovering alcoholics and addicts.
At Firm Foundations Sober Living Homes, our residents learn that long term recovery is about finding new tools and practicing them in daily life. It would be easy to promote the idea that this is a simple process, but it wouldn’t be honest. The path we share with the people who live in Firm Foundations is based on the 12 Steps, successfully used in recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for the better part of a century. In order to help achieve this goal, Firm Foundations has in house meetings as well as off-site trips to Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous.
Time is needed to create a solid, long lasting recovery. At Firm Foundations we teach that true recovery requires rigorous honesty, taking personal responsibility for behavior and a commitment to helping others. Residents in each house learn to be supportive of each other in the difficult journey to a new life. The Firm Foundations homes are designed to create a sense of comfort and security that allows their clients to do the necessary physical, emotional and spiritual work that will bring about long term sobriety. A new life of new attitudes, new behaviors and new habits. The houses offer a warm, embracing, fully furnished place to live with a real sense of community and at a very affordable price.
Firm Foundation Board Members
Laura C. Ekholm – Vice President – Excelsior, MN
Laura Ekholm has been back in her family’s business, L&M Radiator, Inc. for the past twenty years, acting as the company’s Executive Vice President. Laura’s responsibilities include plant expansions, special project management, strategic planning, financial management and planning, direction and coordination of department managers. Prior to joining L&M, Laura enjoyed a 16 year career as an investment banker, after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in Journalism. Laura and her husband Paul reside in Excelsior, MN. They have four children and four grandchildren. L&M Radiator, Inc. is a family held company specializing in the manufacture of radiators and other heat
exchangers for industrial equipment. L&M has been headquartered in Hibbing,
Minnesota for 50 years, with additional plants in Yankton, South Dakota; Perth, Western Australia; Antofagasta, Chile and Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Deborah Loftsgard – President – Jamestown, ND
Deborah Loftsgard has lived in Jamestown for 17 years. Relocating from Minnesota, attracted to the North Dakota hospitality and small town community, to raise her 2 children. Since Debbie sobered up , February 3, 1997, she has had a passion for helping others. Prior to moving to North Dakota, Debbie worked for the first several years of her recovery with Lutheran Social Services in Detroit Lakes, MN. As a Coordinator in a group home, she worked with troubled teens & their families. Upon arriving in Jamestown she started employment at the Anne Carlsen Center. Debbie has had many roles with Anne Carlsen, starting as a CNA, Coordinator, Supervisor and then as a Staffing Specialist with Home Life Services administration. Although she misses working directly with the individual clients at the center, Deborah now has more time to help those who suffer from alcoholism and addiction.
In addition, Deborah has been contracted by the State of North Dakota to teach Cognitive Restructuring to those in a long term treatment program. Debbie holds several certificates in training and teaching in areas such as; Cognitive Restructuring, Conflict Resolution, Crisis Prevention Intervention, Positive Behavior Support & others of the like. Currently, Deborah contracts with a couple of ND State organizations as a Care Coordinator. Working with individuals that have behavioral health concerns, helping them access treatment and recovery support services, and creatively addressing barriers to individual success. Formally acting as the volunteer Administrator of the Jamestown Hope Manor Sober Living home, which opened the men’s house in December 2018. In May 2019, Deborah took over operations from Hope Manor and established the Firm Foundations Sober Living Homes. Firm Foundations opened a home for women in March 2022.
Darrel Sangrait– Board Member – Jamestown, ND
Darrel Sangrait has been a North Dakota native for many years. Grand Forks to Wimbledon then moving to Jamestown in 2000. Darrel began his journey in recovery May 15, 1990. He has been with Agri-Cover for 24 years, where he is now Administrator of Maintenance, Safety & Security. Darrel is a regular member of the Buffalo City Church in Jamestown. He plays in the church band every Sunday. Darrel has played guitar for more than 35 years and has enough guitars to have a museum. Darrel spends much of his free time helping others on their path in recovery. This includes working with men in a long-term treatment program at the State Hospital. Darrel has 2 children and 4 grandchildren, with whom he is very close.
Darrel was one of the original community committee members who saw the need for sober living opportunity in Jamestown.
Jim A. Reuther – Board Member – Jamestown, ND
Jim A. Reuther has over 30 years of experience in the fire service and was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Jamestown Fire Department in July of 2008. Chief Reuther started with the Jamestown Fire Department in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter and in 1999 was hired as a full time firefighter, his responsibilities included Training Chief, Public Fire Education and Fire Investigation.
Professional associations include: Member – North Dakota Fire Chief’s Association, North Dakota Prevention Association, North Dakota Chapter of the Association of Arson Investigations, International Association of Arson Investigation, National Fire Academy Alumni Association, Local Emergency Planning Commission and Past President – Jamestown Fire Department Volunteers
Joseph Kraehenbuehl – Board Member – Jamestown, ND
Joseph Kraehenbuehl is a 20+ year resident of Jamestown ND. He graduated from Jamestown College. Joseph has been happily married for over 14 years and has one son. He is co-owner of Good Shepherd Home Improvement LLP construction company. He loves renovating houses and doing projects. Joseph is outgoing and enjoys board games, lap swimming, multiplayer video games, spreadsheets, and pizza.