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Serenity Inns

Serenity Inns offers an opportunity for holistic recovery from addiction and alcoholism to men who need it most in a compassionate community of accountability. This treatment program for men recovering from addiction is the only recovery facility in Milwaukee that does not require insurance or the ability to pay. It is a highly structured three-phase transitional program. The residential recovery program is located in what was a condemned house. It was purchased and renovated with assistance from volunteers and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. The Alumni House serves as housing for men who graduated from residential recovery.

Primary Focus Area: Drug and alcohol addiction treatment, housing, counseling

Requesting funds for Operating Support

Operating Budget: $629,033

Lutheran Affiliation: ELCA


  • Recovery Program: The residential Recovery Program can house up to 12 men and has averaged 42 participants per year. Participants attend NA/AA meetings daily. They are expected to secure employment within 30 days of joining, participate in a money management program, and attend weekly meetings with an Addictions Counselor and a Social Services Coordinator. Residents frequently state that this program is different because they feel like they are living in a home as opposed to an institution during this difficult phase of recovery.

  • Alumni House: This is a sober living option for up to 14 men who have graduated from the residential program. Located at 832 N. 25th Street in Milwaukee, the Alumni House provides safe and affordable apartments for program graduates for up to 18 months after they graduate.

  • Spiritual Growth: A hallmark of the program is spiritual growth via the Dinner Fellowship. About 200 volunteers from more than 20 congregations take turns bringing a meal to the Inn.

Who is Served: The organization serves the poor and marginalized: 100% are low-income, 100% have a history of incarceration, nearly 100% are homeless, and almost 100% are unemployed.

Location: 2825 W. Brown St, Milwaukee, WI 53208


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