Sanford House: Tour the Historic Home and Recovery Center

Join us as we take a step back in time, traveling through Sanford House, a women’s recovery center located in the Heritage Hills district of Grand Rapids, MI. The home was originally built in 1847 by Samuel R. Sanford, one of the city’s earliest settlers. The home itself has many special features, most of which are characteristic of Greek Revival style.

While most of Sanford House has been renovated, the home features the original fireplace in the living room, also called the main group room and gathering area. Across the hall is a smaller, more intimate meeting room which overlooks the front yard and well maintained landscaping. The front hallways of the house are lined with 1830’s wallpaper, depicting five iconic American scenes. The same wallpaper was put in The White House in 1962 by Jacqueline Kennedy, and can been seen in diplomatic photographs from that period.

The home boasts a large dining room, where residents are able to sit together and enjoy healthy, nutritious meals. Upstairs are five bedrooms, totaling a capacity of 10 residents. Out back is the carriage house, formerly a garage. The carriage house has been renovated and transformed into an outpatient center where group meetings are now held.


Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.