Serenity House, at 1209 W. Lehigh Avenue, once served as the parsonage of Cookman United Methodist Church, as well as a home for homeless youth and ex-offenders transitioning back into the neighborhood.
Though Cookman UMC was closed, Arch Street obtained the parsonage to maintain an ongoing presence of “serenity” on the corner of 12th and Lehigh to offer hope for the gathering of a new community. Currently, the House supports Spirituality and Holistic Healing Ministries such as women’s and men’s support groups, Bible studies, book and film discussions, exercise and stress management sessions, and the development of a Serenity Garden in partnership with students from Swarthmore College. Serenity House is also home to a family of initiatives that connect environmental, racial, and economic justice, including Serenity Soular, and the People’s Garden.
Interested in joining or volunteering at Serenity House? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.