About New Beginnings Minnesota
Addiction is a medically and scientifically recognized disease of the mind, body, and spirit. Though caused by complex environmental and genetic factors, a variety of treatment approaches are known to be effective. Addiction treatment requires a comprehensive evidence-based interdisciplinary model of care reflecting nationally recognized standards.
Addiction recovery requires a professional and purposeful approach combining education, prevention, and intervention techniques to achieve the goal of restoring clients and their families to vital living. We believe aftercare and 12 step support groups are effective known adjuncts to professional care.
Our Mission Statement
New Beginnings Minnesota is a nationally recognized preferred provider of addiction treatment services with a demonstrated legacy of caring and expertise in providing individualized treatment services for patients and their families in a positive, respectful, and healing environment, one person at a time, one day at a time.
New Beginnings Minnesota is a nationally recognized preferred provider of professional addiction treatment services demonstrating a legacy of caring and expertise. Our practice motto: “It’s Never Too Late for a New Beginning.”
- Our residential program has a proven history in
helping patients achieve life-long sobriety.
- For over 35 years, we've provided successful alcohol
and drug treatment services at our state-licensed
- Men and women have separate facilities, to enhance
their sense of safety and privacy during treatment.
- Personal care is grounded in the core value of treating
patients with dignity, respect, and compassion.
- Our staff takes a professional, effective and caring
approach to helping patients gain and maintain sobriety.
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A Message from Our Board of Directors
Clelland “Gil” Gilchrist, retired CEO and current member of our Board of Directors, led the development and transformation of New Beginnings into one of the premier professional treatment centers in Minnesota.
Here Gil shares his thoughts on what New Beginnings Minnesota has meant to him:
“New Beginnings Minnesota definitely does have a legacy of caring and expertise. Nearly 30 years ago, I drove into the beautiful grounds of New Beginnings Minnesota overlooking Lake Waverly for the first time. I was comforted with a sense of peace within me. I knew that this was a serene place for helping and healing those who struggle with chemical dependency.
Our dedicated and devoted staff at New Beginnings treats each patient with dignity and respect. They support them through the difficult tasks of facing the real problems in their lives.
I have had the opportunity over the years to meet so many wonderful people that have passed through our doors. I feel blessed to be able to watch the transformation of our patients lives and see the miracles that occur daily. My life has truly been touched in so many ways by the people that have been a part of this company and by those we have treated. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and I will continue to devote my life to helping those with chemical dependency problems.”Clelland “Gil” Gilchrist, New Beginnings Minnesota Board of Directors
The Hubert H. Humphrey Home at Waverly and “Waverly Mystique”
The first New Beginnings Minnesota location was established in Waverly, Minnesota. This facility was once the summer home of former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and his wife, Muriel. Both Hubert and Muriel Humphrey had a deep, life-long concern for people who were suffering. It was Muriel’s hope that the Waverly Home would become a place that promoted healing.
A close friend, when asked how he thought Hubert Humphrey would feel if he knew his home had been turned into a chemical dependency treatment center, said: “If he thought it had become a place for people to come to seek out healing, to renew themselves, he’d think it was great. That’s what he did there.”
The Humphrey family, with roots in the rural Midwest, was looking for retreat from the stress and pace of Washington, D.C. In 1954 Hubert Humphrey, while still a senator, purchased several acres of land on the north shore of Lake Waverly. The house was built in 1955, with several additions in those upcoming years.
Initially, the house consisted of three rooms and a loft. The main living room—still intact—has a central fireplace and large picture window facing south to the lake. Bedrooms were later added to the west of the main room; these are now occupied by counseling offices. Added later was the library—also still intact—as the room that gives the closest feeling of what Humphrey’s life was like.
This is the place that Hubert Humphrey retreated to renew himself and think. And this is what New Beginnings Minnesota has become for clients: a place to seek out healing and find renewal.
“When you are tired and weary and maybe even losing your way, the best thing for a man is to come home and touch the hand of his friend. That is the way I will always think of this place and of you, and the wonderful years that Muriel and I and my family have had among you.”Hubert Humphrey, 1964, speaking from the steps of the Waverly City Hall before leaving for Washington to assume the Vice Presidency
Partners and Associates of New Beginnings Minnesota
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