December 2015 Newsletter

Serenity Inns December 2015 Newsletter

A Holiday Message from the Executive Director

During this holiday season, I feel compelled to talk about something different from the typical bright side message. Oftentimes, it is challenging to talk about faith and spirituality because many confuse spirituality with religion. Or they measure faith with success. However you understand them, Faith and Spirituality seem to shine brighter during Thanksgiving and Christmas. People are kinder, a little more loving and rethinking those missed times spent with God. Sadly, the journey of faith for many individuals can be painful and challenging as they try to figure out who they are and where they belong on the food chain called life.


Ellen Blathers

Ellen Blathers

For many, Serenity Inns offers opportunities for recovery and a refuge to those whose faith has taken a blow and offers as well a shot of hope to their wounded spirits. For the staff, the work is intense year round. We present ourselves as good stewards of the work. Many of our volunteers see the results of our work, the smile on our faces, and our premium cheerleading skills. 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. For us, it is more than a job; it is a commitment to our faith, to the core of who we are as individuals.

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Save The Date!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Watch your mailbox in early March for your invitation to the 6th Annual Celebration of Recovery Dinner and Silent Auction at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. For a second year, we have chosen a Thursday evening that need not interfere with your weekend plans.

New Artwork

Steve Fendly Artwork

Steve Fendly Artwork

A recent graduate, Steve Fendley, created this artwork while a Serenity Inn resident.
He wanted to do something for the house and is honored to have it hung in the entryway. Steve enjoys the close work with ink and marker, a form of zen meditation for him in the 80 hours it took him to complete.

Where are they now?

(The 22nd in a series of Interviews with Alumni)
by Lorraine Buehler

Phil Johnson found Serenity Inn on September 5, 2014 after hitting rock bottom; he was homeless, bouncing around because of drinking and unable to keep a job. A friend who found him sleeping in a garage told him he needed to stop, and he took Phil to detox. At age thirty-seven, this was Phil’s 7th time in detox, having been introduced to drugs at age 15 when he started to smoke weed. Marijuana soon led to alcohol which became Phil’s drug of choice.

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