While working at the Union Gospel Mission, Gary Schroeder noticed a gap for men who had completed drug and alcohol recovery programs and independent living. To bridge this gap, he thought of transitional housing that would provide affordable accommodation, accountability and independence. Sanctuary Homes became an established non-profit Christian organization in 2009 and in March of 2012, after praying and preparation, a 4-bedroom house in St. Paul was purchased. By August of 2012, all 4 rooms were filled with new residents. There have been weekly breakfasts and Bible studies held for the residents to provide spiritual encouragement and build positive relationships, which continues to this day. Over the years, more than eleven men have lived at Sanctuary Homes and seven have transitioned to their next stage in life. Sanctuary Homes has blessed many lives and will continue to do so for years to come.