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About Us

Our Mission & Our Team
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Our Journey & Goals

Freedom House is directed by a Christ-centered approach that values relationship and freedom for all who are involved in the ministry and all to whom we minister.  We will minister to anyone in need who is open to learning and open to change.  The ministry team at FHI is made up of individuals from different local churches, which are unified in their belief around the basic foundational tenets of the Christian faith as set forth in our Statement of Faith.   Our ability to love and walk by faith, while extending grace, manifests in our unity of vision and purpose to see individuals set free from addiction and connected in a personal relationship with Christ.

Freedom House, Inc. is an outgrowth of the jail chaplaincy program at North Idaho’s Bonner County jail, in Sandpoint, Idaho. Over time, experience and observation have made clear the need for a local faith-based recovery program to serve the people of Bonner and Boundary Counties. Currently, inmates seeking faith-based treatment are required to apply for admission to the highly regarded Good Samaritan program in a neighboring county.

Early in 2016, a group of like-minded individuals formed a steering committee to develop a faith-based, substance abuse recovery program for Bonner and Boundary counties modeled after, and with strong support from, the aforementioned Good Samaritan Recovery program. During the summer of 2016, a Board of Directors and Executive Director were elected.

The long-term goals of FHI include expansion to a women’s house and acquisition of “transitional housing” where clients can temporarily reside while re-establishing productive lives that include shared faith support, employment, educational activities, and reconnection with healthy family relationships.

FHI has enjoyed the start-up benefit of support and cooperation from the administrators of the very successful Good Samaritan program. While there will be some adaptation for the unique challenges of Bonner County, there is no need to “reinvent the wheel”. This ongoing support is seen as a major asset in quickly achieving a successful program and avoiding unnecessary delays.

FHI house Our initial phase will include the securing and development of a men’s 60-day program house, while at the same time, developing and managing safe and sober housing, in conjunction with a Christ-centered mentoring program through local churches.

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Our Mission

Freedom House Inc. is a non-profit Christ-centered substance abuse recovery and rehabilitation program utilizing a combination of personal accountability studies and evidence-based behavior modification programs, recognized by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and the Idaho Department of Corrections, in the context of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in a safe, sober and welcoming environment.  It is our hope that clients will leave Freedom House with lives radically changed through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, with the power to defeat the bondage of addiction, and with the potential to live the abundant life that God has intended.

Our Team

Meet the people behind Freedom House

The FHI Board of Directors is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the ministry.  The Executive Director is responsible for management of day-to-day operational decisions and for recommendations to the Board of Directors.  FHI staff members and volunteers will provide the on-site supervision, counseling and facility maintenance.  Trained volunteers from area churches and the guidance of FHI staff will provide mentoring relationships with clients during the 180-day “transition house” period and beyond, as may be required, as well as for residents in the “safe and sober” housing program.

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Fred Petteruto

Fred Petteruto

Board President

Born again in 1974. Senior Chaplain for Bonner County Jail. Former board member of Life Choices Pregnancy Center. BSAS Pepperdine University. 35 years corporate management experience.

Dale Jeffres

Dale Jeffres

Board Member

Born again in 1971. Retired Sandpoint businessman. Elder for 20 years at North Summit Church. Involved in numerous local, national, and international mission efforts.

Kevin Snyder

Kevin Snyder

Board Member

Valorie McCormick

Valorie McCormick

Board Member

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Maurine Petteruto

Maurine Petteruto

Administrative Assistant

Received Jesus as Lord and Savior in 1973. Spirit-led into leadership and support roles in several ministries over the years.
Pastor Chris Bassett

Pastor Chris Bassett

Treasurer

Born again in 2004. Senior Leader for Harvest Valley Worship Center since 2010. Also, Executive Director for Bonner Community Housing Agency.

Our Facility Goals

Freedom House is currently in the process of obtaining facilities to house our ministry. As we make progress, we will update here with more information. Meanwhile, please consider supporting Freedom House through prayer and donations.

Freedom House, Inc. Ministries (FHI) is currently searching for two different types of housing to lease or potentially purchase.

The “Program House” requirements include:

  • A rural location ideally within designated fire protection districts on a 1-2 acre parcel.
  • A minimum of 3 bedrooms that can accommodate dorm-style sleeping and 2 baths.
  • A minimum 2,000 sq. ft. of living area, or the feasibility to expand from a smaller house accordingly.

The “Safe and Sober House” must be:

  • Closer to town with ready access to public transportation.
  • The house must be able to sleep a minimum of 6 occupants with no more than 2 to a room.
  • Our preference at this time is to lease either or both of these houses.

If purchase is an option:

  • Construction can be traditional wood frame, modular or manufactured.
  • We are willing to consider a “fixer-upper” that is structurally sound.
  • Our purchase price range is $150-250K depending on condition.

Any assistance in obtaining these properties would be greatly appreciated.

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Our Program

Clients accepted into the Freedom House Substance Abuse Recovery and Rehabilitation Program will be typically, but not exclusively, men and women court-ordered to Freedom House as an alternative to incarceration, drug court or supervised probation. Consequently, close coordination between Freedom House leadership and local Probation and Parole officers will be maintained to ensure client accountability.

When fully implemented, FHI male clients will spend 60 days (120 days for women) in a residential “program house” where they will begin the path to recovery through SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and IDOC recognized, evidence-based cognitive behavior modification and personal accountability counseling programs presented from a biblical perspective. In addition, in-depth biblical teaching and training will also be provided.

Upon successful completion of all elements of the 60-day program house, clients will move to a 180-day “transition house” where they will be required to obtain employment while continuing through the next steps to include on-going teaching, training and mentoring.

The Freedom House program is modeled after the highly successful Good Samaritan Recovery program in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and has been developed with support and assistance from the Good Samaritan leadership team.

Visit GoodSamRehabilitation.org

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The FHI Recovery Counseling “Program House”

Men will spend the first 60 days (120 days for women) in the “program house” where they will begin the path to recovery and discipleship through instruction in state recognized Personal Accountability and Cognitive-Behavioral Change studies, presented from a biblical perspective, as well as specific biblical teaching and training. It is anticipated that the Program House can house from 8 to 10 clients at one time.

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The FHI “Transition House”

Upon successful completion of all elements of the 60 to 120-day program house requirements, clients will move to a 180-day “transition house,” where they will be required to obtain employment while continuing through the next steps toward recovery and discipleship through on-going mentoring, teaching and training.

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The Mentoring Program

Volunteers primarily from local area churches will receive mentorship training.  The mentor-client relationship will begin during the 180-day transition period and continue as needed.  Both mentor and client will be expected to initially commit to a minimum one-year relationship.  Mentors will provide support, encouragement, accountability and spiritual guidance.  Other participants in the mentoring program will assist the client to develop life skills including personal finance, employment application and interview skills, and GED certificate tutoring as needed.

Jesus said: “If you hold to my teachings, you really are my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32