SOURCE: SerenityStar


December 30, 2013 13:35 ET

Recovering Addicts Seek Angels to Build New Home in the New Year

SerenityStar Recovery Center Launches Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

SMITHVILLE, TX--(Marketwired - Dec 30, 2013) - Addiction recovery center SerenityStar has launched Angels & Addicts, a grassroots crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to build an environmentally self-sustaining ranch to expand existing services. The SerenityStar Ranch will be built to house up to 100 men and women and 5 families on 10.5 acres the charitable organization owns near Smithville, Texas.

The campaign includes a compelling video that features residents and employees of SerenityStar discussing the organization's mission and what it means to them personally. The holistic SerenityStar program is based on the 12 step philosophy with an emphasis on sustainable recovery, an approach that has been proven through success.

In order to help a larger number of clients, SerenityStar co-founders Teri Costlow and Rosie Lopez are seeking to build a self-supporting recovery ranch to include men's and women's transitional housing, a creative recovery center, community meeting facilities, kitchen and dining hall. They plan to incorporate green building techniques such as solar panels, a rainwater collection system and all energy-efficient buildings.

"We are a 'pay what you can' organization that does not turn away anyone willing to change. We've never had government funding and don't take health insurance," said Costlow. "At our current location in Smithville, we operate a donation-only community cafe where residents learn culinary arts, practice social skills and build self-esteem."

"SerenityStar currently houses 20+ men and women recovering from addiction," said Lopez. "We offer a safe place to meet for individuals and family counseling, community services, 12 step meetings, legal advocacy, career development, Playhouse Theatre for entertainment, and the Wellness 1st studio for holistic healing arts such as yoga and acupuncture."

The Angels & Addicts crowdfunding campaign runs until January 26, 2014. For more information, visit

About SerenityStar

SerenityStar is a 501(c)3 charitable organization providing a safe, sober and spiritual environment for families to recover from their addictions in Smithville, Texas. SerenityStar was founded in 2009 on the belief that as people recover, it benefits not only the person, but also the family and the community. The organization pursues a 'pay what you can' approach for their recovery programs, funded in part by two community service establishments operating on donations only, the Comfort Cafe and Wellness 1st yoga studio.

Contact Information

  • Information Contact
    Teri Costlow
    Program Director/Co-founder
    Tel. (512) 321-8336
    Email Contact