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Serenity Opens New Programs, Improves Others
June 21, 2012
Serenity Place, Manchester’s addiction recovery and education center, will be expanding services to the community starting in July including Lin’s Place , a transitional living program for women and an Intensive Outpatient Treatment program (IOP) for men. The agency, now serving the Granite State in its 35th year, will continue to provide stabilization services (detox) as well as interim services to those who are placed on a wait list for any service, an unfortunate reality of the need vs. the capacity in community-based substance abuse service provision.
“This growth for Serenity is indicative of our forward thinking staff and Board. Every stake holder at this organization understands the great need within the community for any and all substance abuse services that are affordable AND effective. This is our wheelhouse. Our ability to step up to providing transitional living for women, which is virtually non-existent in New Hampshire currently and IOP is due to the vision and commitment of everyone involved” said Sharon Drake, Executive Director at Serenity Place.
Drake also pointed out the opportunity inherent in these changes. Serenity Place will be better able to serve an individual all along the continuum of care by expanding to these services, from stabilization through treatment to transitional living. “That enables us to serve each person in a more holistic way, with continuity and consistency through the stages of recovery” Drake added.
The addition of interim services will give stabilized clients a way to stay clean while awaiting treatment, and provide education and support. In order to move to this level of care, Serenity Place direct care staff will be transitioning to Certified Recovery Support Workers (CRSW) through the new fiscal year, which requires appropriate trainings and verification by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Serenity’s Clinical Director Kelly Reardon, M.Ed., MLADC, is excited about what this means for clients. “Each staff person providing direct care at Serenity is already put through a rigorous process for employment. This new certification will give them more resources for the client-centered care we pride ourselves on, and will strengthen our overall ability to work with and for those who seek our services” she said.
Clients seeking information on Lin’s Place, our new women’s transitional living program, can contact Ms. Reardon directly, Kreardon@serenityplace.org or visit the website for an application: www.SerenityPlace.org/tlp.html. The IOP program is initially open to male clients only. Please visit our website for more information on all services at Serenity Place, www.SerenityPlace.org. Partial funding for these programs is being provided by NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and The Norwin and Elizabeth Bean Foundation.
Serenity Welcomes New Controller
March 1, 2012
Serenity Place, Manchester’s recovery support services center, has hired Sue Bourn as Controller and Human Resources Officer, assuming responsibility for all areas of finance and human resources at the nonprofit. Ms. Bourn started February 16 at Serenity, having most recently worked at the Scleroderma Foundation outside of Boston. She has also held accounting and HR positions at Odyssey NH, Rockingham County CAP and John Hancock Insurance.
A native of New Hampshire, Sue lives in Stratham and
attended UNH and SNHU. She is studying currently to become
a health coach, enjoys gardening, fiber arts and
volunteers at the prison in Concord, doing meditation with
Sharon Drake, Executive Director, said hiring Sue was a no-brainer. "She brings so much skill and talent to the position, but also a quiet humor and the ability to work undeterred in what can sometimes be a hectic place. We are thrilled to have her on board!" Sue can be reached at email@example.com.
Serenity Place is part of the Manchester Continuum of Care and the Greater Manchester Substance Abuse Collaborative, belongs to the NH Providers Association and is the only NH affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCADD). For more, visit www.SerenityPlace.org.
Loretta Prescott can be reached at 603-625-6980 or firstname.lastname@example.org