Serenity Inns

Serenity Inns is a treatment program for men recovering from addiction. This highly structured three-phase transitional program is the only recovery facility in Milwaukee that does not require insurance or the ability to pay. 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, purchased in 2016, serves as housing for men who graduated from residential recovery.

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

Lutheran Affiliation: ELCA

Operating Budget: $470,061


  • Recovery Program: Serenity Inns’ foundational program is the residential Recovery Program, which can house up to 12 men. Adjusting for the 17 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inn has averaged 42 participants in the Recovery Program per year since consistent data collection began in September 2017.

  • 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.

  • Outpatient Program: This is a program for men on the waiting list, graduates, and people who are not candidates for inpatient treatment. Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, this group met three days a week at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

  • 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