Sanctuary Incorporated was founded on November 1971 by Father Robert Phelps and Mr. Luis Martinez, who later became the organization’s first Executive Director. Together, they wanted to create a safe haven that was conducive to the growth and development of the overall well-being of youth, and provide comprehensive resources to strengthen families.
As an alternative to detaining youth in Guam’s correctional facility, Father Phelps and Mr. Martinez began to ask members of the community in the southern villages to house youth temporarily. This initiated the founding of Sanctuary Incorporated of Guam.
In July 2008, Sanctuary Incorporated of Guam became the first human services organization in the Pacific region to receive a full accreditation on all programs by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilation Facilities (CARF).