The Serenity House of Flint is a recovery community organization founded in 2015 by Tara Moreno as an addiction prevention service. The Serenity House of Flint provides substance use and co-occurring disorders prevention for men, women, adolescents, and children. Services are conducted utilizing a Community Resiliency model that meets consumers in their current stage of change and empowers them to move through the trauma incurred from addiction from a whole person perspective. The Serenity House of Flint provides a wide spectrum of services including: advocacy and educational events to reduce stigma surrounding addiction, and holistic prevention methods such as Recovery Reiki groups, Reiki sessions, Acudetox, Aromatherapy, Mindfulness for Adolescents & Adults, Yoga, Drumming circles, and talking circles.
The Serenity House of Flint is committed to promoting change and awareness; reducing stigma and shame by providing a better understanding of recovery. All services and projects conducted by The Serenity House of Flint take place in a strategic planning framework that includes attention to assessing the needs of our clients and constituencies; assessing and building capacity for the benefit of our clients, researching and applying evidence-based practices and using outcome and evaluation to drive services, as evidenced by the results of our data collection and analysis. The Serenity House of Flint is cognizant of cultural diversity and provides cultural competency awareness that helps those who are affiliated with Serenity House to effectively operate within different cultural contexts with sensitivity toward members of other ethnic or cultural groups.
This program aligns with Tier III Priorities by creating a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) that will be a community coalition created for the purposes of effecting change in targeted areas including: stigma reduction, increase community awareness about addiction and recovery, establish a “home” for the recovering community, and to provide community trainings and awareness events. This project is part of a growing trend to establish RCO’s across the country. The formation of a Recovery Community Organization also supports peer development, within a Recovery Oriented System of Care framework.
The Serenity House of Flint provides services that are also aligned with the Community Resiliency Model of Care which focuses on the resiliency of the individual and the community. The Serenity House of Flint provides services that are based on an individual’s needs (whole person-centered), are guided by the individual’s desires (self-directed), focus on the individual’s strengths and include collateral contacts such as families, friends and other key supports. The Serenity House of Flint believes the key to effective care is to focus on the individual receiving care, and not on a ‘one size fits all model.’ Further, The Serenity House does not believe substance use occurs in ‘a vacuum,’ which means recovery must involve a community effort in order to maximize success.