House of Hope, Inc., Mankato, Minnesota

Mankato Train Depot
1429 3rd Ave
Mankato, MN, 56002

House of Hope, Inc. Overview

House of Hope, Inc., located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota, is a residential and non-residential treatment facility for adult men and women looking to overcome mental health and addiction issues. The center has existed for more than four decades and initially began in 1971 as a men’s halfway house for persons dealing with chemical dependency problems. In October of 2006, the center expanded its services to include a women’s residential program. The organization operates in about three locations in Minnesota including an adult co-ed facility in Fairmont and others in Mankato. The center offers a holistic treatment approach to persons dealing with mental health and substance abuse problems and also offers support to adults dealing with co-occurring mental health disorders. The facility boasts of a multidisciplinary treatment staff consisting of licensed counselors, peer recovery support specialists, clinical supervisors, assessments specialists and more. Among the levels of care, the center offers residential and outpatient treatment programs. The center also offers an hourly, free continuing care group which provides recovery support for individuals who are looking for community support post-treatment.

Accommodation & Food

The organization provides a 29-bed residential facility for men and 9-bed residential facility for women, both of which exist in Mankato. A co-ed program is also offered in Fairmont, Minnesota which is capable of accommodating up to 26 persons. The bedrooms are furnished with 5-7 dressers, nightstands, and wardrobes and offer double-occupancy. Each of the facilities has a dining, living room with TVs and a fully-equipped kitchen.
A team of experienced chefs prepares lunch and dinner throughout the weekdays, but clients are responsible for making their own breakfast and food during the weekends.

Treatment & Therapy

The center offers some treatment and therapy services depending on the unique needs of the client. Some of these are:

  • Treatment Options
  • Residential treatment
  • Outpatient treatment

Residential Treatment

The residential treatment program offers evidence-based services and includes a number of interventions. Residents are involved in at least once-a-week individual counseling sessions and family members and loved ones interested in being a part of the patient’s recovery are also accommodated for in family counseling.

Outpatient Treatment

The outpatient treatment program lasts for about 10 weeks and is designed for persons looking to overcome mental health and substance abuse disorders. Persons in this program undergo individual psycho-therapy under the supervision of a mental health therapist. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, group sessions are held, and individual and family therapy services are also offered.
The following are a list of conditions treated at the facility:

  • Substance abuse
  • Co-occurring disorders

Therapy Options

The facility offers various options of therapy which include:

  • Medication management
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • 12-step meetings
  • Group therapy
  • Equine therapy


House of Hope Inc. costs varies greatly depending on the type of treatment and level of care a client requires. Clients are advised to contact the facility for more information on payment, admission, insurance verification, and more. Funding by the State of Minnesota is offered to clients who qualify for such, and state insurance plans are accepted such as Medica and Blue Cross Blue Shield.


The facility is licensed by the Minnesota Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

House of Hope Inc. Advantages

After completion of a primary program, the facility offers an aftercare or discharge plan at no cost at all. This program takes place weekly for an hour in the form of a continuing care group. Residents can take part in the GED program which is offered by the facility. This program is for clients seeking to get treatment while completing their education. Handicapped clients are accepted at the both the Fairmont and Mankato facilities.
In entirety, the facility offers well-structured, comprehensive, and well-rounded treatment programs for women and men suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders. Residents in a program are allowed to have outside jobs and volunteer positions even though it is primarily resident treatment; the facility offers such clients sober living options.
Clients seeking treatment at a facility that offers a solid residential program using latest evidence-based practices will find House of Hope Inc. to be a good option.


Dean Gilbertson
Chief Executive Officer and President

Dean has over 28 years of experience working in the behavioral health sector and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. He joined the facility as the Executive Director in 2015 and is passionate about helping clients find support and discovery. He is licensed to by the state of Minnesota to be an Alcohol and Drug Counselor for about 18 years.

Mark Johnson
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Mark joined the facility in 2010 and currently holds the position of Chief Operations Officer. Prior to that, he has served in other capacities such as Marketing Director before being promoted. He has over 20 years of experience working in managerial positions at different organizations. He is very passionate about helping individuals suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues, which in turn helps them find support and begin the journey to long-term recovery.

Arlene Kreutzer
Executive Vice President (Finance)

Arlene joined the facility in 2005 and currently holds the position of Executive Vice President. Prior to that, she served in other capacities at different organizations such as beverage business. She began with the facility when the facility only has a facility with 29 beds. She is passionate about helping women find support and recovery.

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