Serenity Inn

Contact Persons:

                              Jim Bahr       

                              Lorraine Bahr

Description of your mission:

The mission of the Serenity Inn ministry is to deliver a meal to the men, staff and guests at Serenity Inn at least once a month. A nutritious meal is prepared by members of the church and delivered by church members to the Inn who participate in dinner fellowship with as many as 12 men living in this residential treatment center for drug and alcohol abuse.

When and where does your mission serve/meet?

SOTH serves on the first Wednesday of every month. Cooks: Prepare the food at home and deliver it to the church by 5:15 pm on the day we serve at the Inn. (Arrangements can be made to drop the food off early and have it heated at church.

Dinner Fellowship: Church members meet at the church to pick up the food and depart for the Inn by 5:15 pm returning to the church by approximately 8:00 pm. Some of those participating in the dinner fellowship find it more convenient to meet at the Inn. Arrive at the Inn between 5:45 and 6:00 pm.

Serenity Inn House:  2825 W. Brown Street, Milwaukee

Who can participate?

Anyone can and all are encouraged to participate. Those under 16 should be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. There is a stairway to enter the building and to get to the basement where the meal is served. An elevator is provided to get into the building but not to get to the basement dining area.

What type of duties will volunteers do during your servant events?

Several people are needed to prepare a portion of the meal at home: These items need to be at church by 5:15 on the day we serve. People are also needed to deliver food to the Inn. Upon arrival, the residents will carry all the food items to the dining area of the Inn. We (the guests) set out the food on the counter, buffet style. After gathering for prayer we each fill our plate, take a place around the table and have dinner with the residents. During the meal, a question is asked of the guests. You are encouraged to participate in the dinner fellowship discussion, however, if you desire not to participate that is entirely up to you. Upon completion of the dinner, the residents will do all the clean-up, the washing of dishes and delivering all the returning items to the car(s) for our trip back to church. While the clean-up is being done you are free to mingle with the residents until it is time to leave. Our practice is to take a group picture of the residents and Innkeeper prior to our departure. 

Are there any special behind the scenes projects that people can help with?

The Inn is always in need of household items. Suggested items are listed on the Serenity sign-up sheet on the Kiosk in the church lobby. These donations can be placed in the bin labeled “Serenity Inn” located in the Fellowship Hall outside the Conference Room.

Do you have any annual fundraising events that happen “outside” of SOTH?

Celebration of Recovery

Annual Fundraising Dinner Event – end of April

At the Italian Community Center.

All are invited to attend the event

Let us know if you would like a personal invitation sent/emailed to you.

Donations for the silent auction are always needed and greatly appreciated.  You must purchase a dinner ticket to attend the event. The cost is approximately $70 per person.

Any other notable information about your ministry that you would like to share?

Parents that are in search of a new way to communicate the dangers of addiction are encouraged to attend dinner fellowship with their children. Also, those that need help in dealing with a friend or family member struggling with addiction are encouraged to attend to help them gain understanding and insight as to how they can best help someone that may need but does not desire recovery.

“When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36
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