Serenity Hills Life Center was founded in 2019 by Sharon Travis under her existing nonprofit Heart 2 Heart Volunteers, Inc. Heart 2 Heart helps the sick and the disabled. The vision was to buy or build a treatment center for those suffering from addiction. A place to receive whatever clients need to accomplish their recovery goals.
Sharon opened to women first, because they had the biggest need especially pregnant women. A recovering alcoholic herself, Sharon had lost family members to addiction and was determined to make a difference with the devastation in her community and West Virginia caused by addiction and overdose deaths.
In 2017 Sharon Travis won a three-million-dollar grant from the state of West Virginia. This grant was created from money won from a lawsuit the state of West Virginia had against a drug company. Some of the money won was designated to a bill named after a young man, Ryan Brown, who overdosed after waiting two months to get into treatment. With the grant award, Sharon purchased the former Catholic retreat center in Ohio County owned by the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston, the large center holds 72 beds with two additional houses all sitting on 149 acres.
Sharon Travis’ vision became a reality on June 10, 2019, when Serenity Hills Life Center opened its doors to women suffering from addiction.