Who We Are...
In 1970, Community Outreach Services began as a halfway house for men being released from jail and prison. With assistance from the Faith Community and the dedication and vision of Board Members, volunteers, staff and community support - over a forty year history, the organization grew to include services to women, transitional housing and residential treatment facilities.
In 1978, Serenity House of Volusia was founded when several individuals embraced a vision to create an organization that was committed to care for the most vulnerable members of the community regardless of income, disability, or previous failure to achieve recovery. Serenity House of Volusia services continued to expand as well, providing services to the homeless, veterans, women with children and individuals with co-occurring treatment needs.
Today, the combined principles of both organizations are the foundation of and continue to guide the Haven Recovery Center mission.
We are… an organization of dedicated professionals governed by a volunteer board of directors.
We are… deeply concerned about the impact of substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness on individuals, on veterans and on our community.
We are… committed to valuing the dignity and worth of all individuals.
We are… Rebuilding Lives. Strengthening Communities.
Who we serve…
We serve Veterans.
During my stay I have seen men arrive with their faces lit up with hope and relief. To have a clean bed to sleep in and food to eat is such a blessing to us who have fallen by the wayside. To have another chance at life is truly a gift. All of us, I am sure, want to thank those responsible for this caring program.
I am a 22-year service vet in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve that also served in the Persian Gulf…..The V.A. Transitional program has opened not only the door, but also gave me hope….This program is the best alternative for those in need of a temporary roof, and help to those serving in ongoing wars.
This place is giving me a chance to learn how to live without drinking every day. Rehab helped me but it didn’t give me the skills to live back in society…I wish there (were) more places like this because I know there are a lot more people out there who need help. They don’t look very far for help because there is very little out there. Thanks for helping us.
The VA Transitional House is a great place for me to be. I was homeless and not even trying to get a job….Now I am actively seeking employment and have a good place to live….there are a lot of homeless veterans that could use a place like this.
We serve the homeless.
I was homeless for about one year before coming here. This program has turned my life around and started me back on the right track. If you could help and get the needed funding…I’m sure that more veterans would benefit from it.
My name is Mark and I’m an addict. Six months ago, I was homeless, helpless, and hopeless. My state of mind and body were like broken egg shells. I prayed for God to take me as I felt like I was living in hell. I had little strength left to carry on, there was really no reason to. I was afraid to speak lest someone become aware of my pitiful condition.
Only by the grace of God, I found help. I had been waiting for over three weeks since I entered Detox to get a bed. I’m dually diagnosed and they have the only such treatment facility in the area. Now I had a chance.
I was full of anxiety for the first month. The staff treated me with total respect. I was able to get medications that I needed and gradually became capable of putting thoughts together. I even became able to laugh. Wow! Did I miss that!
Everything that I needed was provided to me – from soap to medications even trips to the doctor and a barber. I’m now able to think clearly. I’m becoming self-sufficient.
That pitiful man that walked through the door six months ago is no longer pitiful. I have a new life and choices to make – wow, I actually have choices!
But what happens to those who want this gift of sobriety and another chance at life but just can’t hold on? They die. I was spared for some reason. Others should be spared also – it just takes more room at treatment. Thank God there was room for me.
What we do...
We build self-esteem.
My name is Alexia. When I first came into this program I knew that I needed to change my life, but I didn’t know how. I was a sad, angry person full of resentments and self pity. I had fear and anxiety of my future and so much guilt from my past that I hated my life. I blamed others for my problems and misfortunes because I couldn’t handle the guilt that comes from taking responsibility for my faults and character defects. I was truly a lost soul.
I was, however, open and willing to change because I didn’t want to feel this way any longer. After a few weeks at the Women’s Center, I grew to accept things in my life as they are and began to understand what needed to be done to improve my life. As I prepare to graduate, I have seen many changes within myself. I am so happy as I look forward to my future. I know that I can do anything that I set my mind to and my future holds great success and much happiness.
I have learned to take responsibility for my past mistakes and to forgive myself. Guilt no longer controls my life. I’ve grown to appreciate the two most important people in my life – my husband and my mother for all the support that they’ve shown me. I’ve learned the importance of friendships. My self-esteem has been elevated through helping others and by receiving their help. Somehow, my anger has disappeared and in its place is a level of peace and joy that I never felt was possible. I truly love myself and others today as a result of experiencing treatment here.
We offer respect.
I’m Donald. Upon arriving I was treated with love and respect I felt I did not deserve. The staff really cared, also I felt as I was treated as an individual, not just another body.
After being oriented into the program all of my needs were assessed not just separation from alcohol. For example, I needed eye glasses and the case manager found funds available at the Lions Club for eye glasses. Some people might take this for granted but it made a huge difference to me and gave me a great boost of self-esteem and this was just a start. I could go on and on about the help I have received, but to make a long story short the staff and the agency treat recovery regarding the whole person, first of all, the primary of which is addiction , but also the spiritual needs we all have, fully preparing us for life when we leave here – which is imperative to our future recovery.
I want to thank all of those involved with Serenity with undying gratitude for the “hand-up” I have received and direction that I have gained to rejoin society as an asset and not a liability.
We provide hope.
In the last twenty years I have been in four different Rehabs in four different cities. Each time upon completion, I walk(ed) out only to find myself with few options, none of them good, and each time I ended up back on the streets. Now I have the one thing that is an imperative for my success, and that is hope.
Before I entered treatment my life was nothing but misery and depression. I slept 12-14 hours per day and the rest of the time was spent drinking or looking for more alcohol. I was going nowhere positive fast and headed for trouble.
Being at "the Farm" has allowed me to finish my physical detox in a safe place. My body and brain have been given a chance to start healing. My memory, intellect, good attitude, and sense of humor are returning. My counselor has pointed me in the right direction by teaching me to be humble, open minded, willing to learn, and willing to follow directions. I have recently been given a clean bill of health by a physician which was a pleasant surprise to me. The main things I have been encouraged (i.e. told) to work on are: spirituality (mine) and spiritual awareness, getting a sponsor well versed in the 12 steps, and working the steps.
My future includes – permanent sobriety, sticking with the program and my recovery, using the steps to live by, career and further education, marriage, and getting back-in synch with my children.
We mend families.
I want to thank you for the important role you play in making it possible for families to have hope after a love one has fallen prey to the grip of addiction. For many, you are the only life raft. My reason for writing is to point out that you are helping not only the men and women served by your organization. The ones who are hurt most by alcoholism and drug addiction don’t even drink or do drugs. I’m speaking of the children in these families. There is no safe haven for the children of drug and alcohol abusing parents. And that, my friends, is why your mission is so important. God bless you for what you are doing. You will probably never fully know the difference that you are making. With deepest appreciation.
We save lives.
211 N. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 204
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114