Serenity Place Going Out of Business After 40 Years
Serenity Place, the addiction treatment center tied to Manchester's Safe Station program, will be shutting its doors after more than four decades of operation.
The nonprofit has severe financial problems and was court-ordered Tuesday to begin the liquidation process next month.
The services offered by Serenity Place will continue without interruption but now under various providers in the state.
Maureen Beauregard is the head of Families in Transition, the group that's been overseeing Serenity Place. She said splitting up the services is the best option.
"This is a community response to a community issue, and at the end of the day, the people that are looking for help are going to get even better help," Beauregard said.
“Rather than one organization holding it all, which is a huge responsibility - the numbers are off the charts,” she said after the hearing. “[This move] is really saying this is a community response to a community issue, and at the end of the day, the people that are looking for help are going to get even better help.”
Granite Pathways will take over the Safe Station referrals, with the Farnum Center managing the respite and outpatient care. Meanwhile, Elliot Hospital will take over the county’s drug court referrals.
Several Serenity Place employees have been transferred and more than 20 have been laid off. And its building will likely be sold. Another status hearing on the transition and liquidation process is scheduled for Feb. 1.
On Wednesday, the Executive Council is scheduled to transfer Serenity’s state-funded contracts to the new providers.