Discovery House is located south of the county courthouse in Anaconda, Montana. Before it began to operate as a short-term shelter care facility for youth in need of care and supervision, the house served many purposes including a “pest home” (where the county placed individuals with at-the-time untreatable diseases such as tuberculosis), a welfare office, and a rest home.
In July 1974, Discovery House began its operation under the direction of Sister Gilmary Vaughan, a Sinsinawa Dominican nun. It was developed as a result of the state deinstitutionalization program and the need for a facility in Southwestern Montana where at-risk-youth in crisis could be placed, other than in county jails.
Discovery House serves youth from Deer Lodge, Granite, Powell, Silver Bow, Beaverhead and Madison counties on a regular basis, and, when space allows, from other areas of the state. Since its inception, it has served over 6,000 youth.