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During these challenging times, we continue to



Serenity Grove residents continue to seek adventures, learn new skills, connect with the larger community, enjoy nature, and practice resiliency. We have stayed free of COVID-19 (knock on wood) by following all the recommendations from experts...which has included spending lots of time in the great outdoors, wearing masks beyond our bubble, and taking full advantage of vaccines - all good!

Kayaking, hiking, enjoying flowers; we love how nature nurtures.

We are big believers in healing through the mind, body, and spirit. Onyx, the cat who has adopted us, purrs love into each resident during yoga. Michelle Greenfield has been offering a Meditative Outdoor Experience each month where participants discover that being totally present in nature allows space for "aha moments." These experiences are not required, but unfold in a manner where we hear the calling and answer YES - and THANK YOU!

We aim for good nutrition whether it's our weekly communal dinner, prepping apples, or enjoying our weekly produce from CFI. Food is always a time for camaraderie and quality conversations.

Learning to sew feedsacks into resuable bags.

An 8-week Social Enterprise workshop through the SSU Kricker Innovation Hub has enlightened us to the benefits of a creative and entrepreneurial mindset.

Dairy Barn excursions included Women of Appalachia Art Show and the Quilt National.

First times can be memorable - rubbing shoulders with former Governor Ted Strickland at the 20th anniversary of Third Sun Solar was one of those moments. We applaud a company doing so much good in our community and for our environment. The panels Third Sun donated to our house have offset our electricity bills big time! First time ever for a college football game, too.


Our Board has spent a great deal of time talking about racial equity this year. We want to be intentional in creating a space where all feel welcome and appreciated. From Tablertown

to the Community Read to attending a 12-step meeting Recovering from White Conditioning, our conversations have deepened among our Board members as well as with the women at Serenity Grove.

Volunteers helped "wake up"

our garden beds in the spring.

Now they are ready to be put to bed–we are planning a work day later this month and would love your help.

Contact our Director, Betsy Anderson: 740-707-5044

Our Board of Directors was delighted to meet in person after so many Zoom meetings for our annual review meeting. L-R: Soozan Palsa, Janalee Stock, Eileen Lynch, Dr. Cate Matisi, Dr. Sheila Williams, Melissa Egan, and Angela Anderson

Our Board President, Sheila Williams, provides much

appreciated ongoing leadership with smiles and grace.

3rd Anniversary Celebration!

We celebrated the day we first opened our doors to residents with a gathering of those who have felt moved by our mission. And move we did! It was serendipitous that Race for a Reason was held in a virtual format, and one of the "stars" this year was our very own Executive Director, Betsy Anderson. Some of us accompanied Betsy on her 3K walk up to the top of the Ridges. Two supporters completed a triathlon, and we all enjoyed celebratory cupcakes after the efforts put forth.

This past year we were again grateful to have a COMCorps member who made a richer world for our staff, board,

and residents.

Whether it was engaging women in using power tools as they built Blessing Boxes, rollerblading in the moonlight, hiking, making a healthy meal, or providing encouraging words, we were all touched by Casey Starcher. We shared what she meant to us in our camp circle before she left, and more than a tear was shed.

Women for Recovery supports the Mental Health and Addiction Services Levy in Athens, Hocking, and Vinton counties. This levy provides funding to more than 50 community non-profits and programs including our organization!

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