In 2018, in partnership with Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, Melissa Hinton spearheaded an initiative to open the first women’s recovery house in Loudoun County. Loudoun Serenity House opened in the town of Leesburg, VA in October 2020 after the tragic loss of Melissa’s younger sister Rachel in 2019 from her addiction. With an outpouring of community support, a men's house was also opened in November 2021.
Loudoun Serenity Houses are close to public transportation and within walking or biking distance to grocery and retail shops. The women's house can accommodate up to eight (8) women and the men's house can accommodate up to six (6) men. Residents must have completed a treatment program or are currently enrolled in a program with a primary diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder.
The optimal length of stay for a resident is 12 months although some may stay shorter or longer. Our residents will work and pay rent while establishing a recovery program in the Loudoun County self-help community.