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SerenityStar to Open San Antonio Residential Recovery Center

Rosie (left) and Teri Lopez

Teri and Rosie Lopez, founders of SerenityStar and Comfort Café in Smithville, have announced the purchase of a three-acre plot of land in San Antonio where they intend to build another peer-to-peer, residential facility for people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. They will focus on helping veterans overcome PTSD utilizing alternative healing methods. The San Antonio location will be the second such facility opened by the women and will be modeled after their first location, SerenityStar, in Smithville, where the original Comfort Café opened in 2009. The couple has already opened a second Comfort Café in San Antonio, which will be celebrated its one-year anniversary last month.

“The woman who sold us the land supports SerenityStar because she’s seen the miracles it produces,” says Rosie Lopez, “and wanted to provide the San Antonio community with this blessing.”

Although addiction is often viewed as a criminal issue or a moral failing, Rosie, a recovering addict herself, says, “It’s a mental issue, an emotional issue. And when they can really, really love themselves, there’s no reason for them to go back out there and continue a path of destruction.” Teri, who is in recovery and also an addiction counselor, adds, “It’s the difference between life and death.”

Having closed on the property March 10, 2020, work has already started on the new facility, which will begin accepting residents as soon as shelter-in-place orders have been lifted. The founders are reaching out to the local community and beyond, seeking private and corporate donors to help with financial contributions and/or the donation of building supplies.

SerenityStar, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and the cafés are the life’s work of Teri and her wife, Rosie, two former New Yorkers, who moved to Texas 15 years ago. The money from the food sales at the cafés, which are completely donation-based, goes back into funding SerenityStar, which houses 60 residents. The San Antonio location will be operated under the same model.

For more information, call (512) 321-8336 or (512) 629-7065, email [email protected], or visit SerenityStar.org.

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