History of Juel Fairbanks
Having struggled with his own sobriety, Ojibwe tribe member Juel Fairbanks Sr. had a dream to open a halfway house for American Indian men. The Cass Lake, Minnesota native shared his dream with fellow Alcoholics Anonymous members, including Edward LaFromboise, who also believed that this type of program would speed the recovery process.
In 1970, they began meeting with others in the community about creating this culturally specific treatment and support program. Support grew for Juel Fairbanks Aftercare Residence, but Juel died before he could realize his dream. Edward continued the work they began, and on December 4, 1973, the first client was admitted to Juel Fairbanks Aftercare Residence, a Halfway House for American Indian Men. Edward LaFromboise served as the first director of the program until his death in 1977.
The program has evolved over the years. As programs were added, the name was changed to Juel Fairbanks Chemical Dependency Services. In 1976, the residential program became co-ed and began serving other underserved populations, ages 16 and up. In 1979, the outpatient program was added, and several other programs were established over the next ten years. Following years of providing referral and advocacy services, Juel Fairbanks began offering chemical dependency assessments in Ramsey County in 1991. Today, it is known for its strength in serving American Indian and other underserved men through all of its programs, except for outpatient services, which are co-ed.