The Sanctuary


At The Sanctuary, we believe that alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic, progressive diseases which demand a lifelong set of practices as a way of living, if we are to experience permanent recovery. 

Recovery from alcohol and drugs is more than just abstinence. At The Sanctuary people live in a sober, safe and supportive environment while learning a daily program which makes life-long sobriety possible and enjoyable. Recovery includes spiritual, physical and emotional healing, taking responsibility for our actions, gaining life tools, building a recovery support structure and friends, financial management, positive social skills and healthy habits and fun. Recovery isn’t always easy but it is always worth it. 

A new way of life takes time. The Sanctuary offers a unique, extended-care approach and there is no better place to begin your journey of recovery. With an enthusiastic and recovery environment, Hope Manor allows residents to join a fellowship of people in recovery. 

With a vibrant job market, several local universities and trade schools all within a short distance from the The Sanctuary, residents have multiple opportunities to advance in life while making recovery their #1 priority and establishing a firm foundation. 

Accommodations and Amenities

The Sanctuary’s beautifully furnished two story homes in updated Craftsman style. Each house accommodates between 10 and 15 clients, with three to four people sharing a room, which is furnished with either twin or bunk beds. One home features a private tranquil back deck and courtyard setting complete with small pond while the others have a nice expanse of lush lawn and a fire pit. Smoking is permitted in a designated area outside the houses. Houses have back yard areas where residents often congregate and have coffee.

The houses have flat screen TVs, basic cable and Wi-Fi, towels, linens, paper goods and basic cleaning supplies are all provided. Residences are expected to purchase are prepare their own food in the fully-equipped kitchens and family-style dining is encouraged. Each house has a volunteer live-in manager and assistant, who are compensated with free lodging.

Rules and Regulations

All residents must contribute to the expenses of the house. A 30-day fee is approximately $500, and typically is paid bi-weekly on the 1st and 15th of the month. Residents must either seek employment or be enrolled in school. Special exceptions are considered, based on individual assessment and the current financial ability of Hope Manor. The recommended length of stay is a minimum of 9 months, but anything over three months is considered. To get a complete list of rules and regulations please review the application.


The atmosphere is similar to an extended family, with the members forming family-like bonds with one another. Residents in our houses regularly plan barbecues and social events together. They also carpool to attend 12 Step meetings, activities, conventions and other fun events. The Sanctuary pays for and takes residents to various recovery conferences during the year.

In Summary

For women and men who are looking for a 12-step-based, sober living house as well as a chance to build new and lasting friendships in recovery, The Sanctuary is the answer. Take the actions today that will save your life.

The Sanctuary
PO Box 1301
Bismarck, ND 58502

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The Sanctuary does not provide treatment or counseling services. The Sanctuary is unable to provide access, care and supervision to physically, emotionally or mentally disabled persons.

You can HELP! Consider:

  • Refer friends and family to The Sanctuary
  • Donating funds or resources
  • Ask The Sanctuary to come share about the vital work we do with your church or organization

Support A Resident in Need

One month at The Sanctuary costs $500.00.  However, many of our residents cannot afford this amount in spite of a real desire to take action to receive the help they need. Plus in operating two houses there are always unforeseen maintenance and expenses that occur.  Today, we need you more than ever. Our commitment at The Sanctuary is to the worth of every human being and together we are making an investment in human dignity.  Please make a monthly commitment to donate consistent support for a woman in need.  Your safe, secure online donation is tax deductible and has an immediate impact.