SAUK RAPIDS -- A Sauk Rapids residential treatment facility has been awarded over $2-million thanks to a grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Journey Home is a half-way house for chemically dependent women and their children who have completed primary treatment for substance abuse.

Callee Nolden is the Coordinator of Women's Residential Services for Journey Home. She says their goal is to provide women the tools and services they need to be effective parents to their kids.

"What services can we provide, how can we empower the women to live a sober life and parent effectively towards their children," says Nolden.

Journey Home is one of 12 facilities awarded the grants throughout the state by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Nolden says the grant will go to creating and maintaining family services to help that parent/child relationship grow.

"Often times when women are using substances the children are not priority. Now it's the opportunity to put the child first with the parenting classes so they can bond and create a relationship that is mother and child," says Nolden.

Nolden says over the last few years they have helped over 400 women from around the state.

Journey Home will received about $745,000 per year over the next three years. The grants will run until June 2019.