Who We Are

Meet Our Staff and Board Directors

At the Firm Foundations Sober Living Houses, we believe that alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic, progressive diseases which demand a lifelong set of practices as a way of living in order to achieve recovery.

Recovery from alcohol and drugs is more than just abstinence. At Firm Foundations 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, healthy habits, but most importantly – fun. Recovery isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it.

Deborah Loftsgard, President

Deborah Loftsgard has lived in Jamestown for more than 20 years, attracted to the North Dakota hospitality and small town community where she could raise her 2 children. Since finding her own sobriety, February 3, 1997, she has had a passion for helping others. Debbie worked for the first several years of her recovery with Lutheran Social Services in Detroit Lakes, MN. As Coordinator in a group home, she worked with troubled teens and their families. Upon moving to Jamestown she started employment at the Anne Carlsen Center filling many roles, starting as a CNA, Coordinator, Supervisor and then as a Staffing Specialist with Home Life Services administration. Debbie left Anne Carlsen after almost 20 years, to devote her focus on sober living.

Debbie has been contracted by the State of North Dakota to teach Cognitive Restructuring to those in a long-term treatment program. She holds several certificates in training and teaching in areas such as Cognitive Restructuring, Conflict Resolution, Crisis Prevention Intervention, Positive Behavior Support, to mention a few. In May 2019, acting as the volunteer Administrator of the Jamestown Hope Manor Sober Living home, Debbie took over operations from Hope Manor and established the Firm Foundations Sober Living Homes.

Laura Ekholm, Vice President

Laura Ekholm has been back in her family’s business, L&M Radiator, Inc. for the past 20 plus 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 more than 50 years, with additional plants in Yankton, South Dakota; Perth, Western Australia; Antofagasta, Chile and Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

Darrel Sangrait, Board Member

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 plus 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. One of his hobbies is to restore guitars. 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 a sober living opportunity in Jamestown.

Jim A. Reuther, Board Member

Jim A. Reuther has well 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

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.


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(701) 659-3207

Firm Foundations

Firm Foundations Sober Living
PO Box 712
Jamestown, ND

Office Hours

Typical operating hours:
Monday - Wednesday and Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm