With a constant waiting list of 35 - 45 men, potential residents wait up to 6 weeks or longer to get a bed at Serenity House. The program served 105 men in 2006, with 73% of those who stayed for more than one month leaving sober and returning to the community. In 2007, 106 men resided at Serenity House for more than 1 month; 84 left sober. At least another 108 men were unserved due to lack of capacity. In 2007, Serenity House served men from Clark, Floyd, Franklin, Harrison, and Scott Counties in Indiana, and Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Fewer than 80 residential beds that offer treatment or recovery services currently are available in Southern Indiana. In the new facility, Serenity will increase its capacity to 48 beds and the Token Club will be able to support the numbers attending meetings in even greater numbers.
A report (Oct. 2000) from the U.K. Center on Drug and Alcohol Research said 1 in 8 residents of the local KIPDA region (7 county area that includes Louisville and surrounding counties) need substance abuse treatment. The population of the Southern Indiana area bordering Louisville and that of the greater Louisville area are relatively homogeneous, which means - we share the same problem.
Goals and Objectives - Serenity House and the Token Club share the same goals and objectives. They bring their common goals together for the Recovery Complex. Goal 1: To foster a safe sober (alcohol/drug free) environment. Goal 2: To teach responsibility and respect for one's self and others. Goal 3: To teach Serenity House clients and Token Club meeting attendees to "live in the world" alcohol and drug free utilizing a 12-step program.
Token Club's current official seating capacity is 125. 400 or more persons at one time regularly attend many of the meetings. With a larger more appropriate facility, those who attend regular 12-step meetings will directly benefit. Also, construction plans call for several smaller meeting rooms, which would allow for simultaneous meetings to be held and thus increase the service to the community.
The long-term recovery support and services offered by the 2 organizations are vital to the stability and maintenance of long-term sobriety for area residents.
Area officials report that the cost to keep an intoxicated person incarcerated exceeds $300/night. Not only does Serenity House remove that cost to the public, the $71/week individuals pay to stay in the facility's recovery program offers two additional benefits: (1) participation and responsibility assumed for his own recovery and (2) Serenity House is self-sufficient in its day-to-day operating costs. It has been documented that the Serenity House and the Jeff Token Club save the surrounding tax payer communities more than $2,000,000 annually.