What We Do

At Stout Street Foundation we provide our residents a safe and supportive environment to overcome addiction and learn to thrive in their recovery. Our unique, long-term support model places an emphasis on relationships, life skills, and deeper healing.

SSF is a non-profit, self-sustaining organization without primary economic dependence on municipal, state, or federal funding. Within the structured environment, Stout Street Foundation provides all of our residents with food, lodging, and specific programs and treatment for residents their recovery.

Our recovery community provides a structured environment that uses evidence-based therapy and behavioral modification in a residential setting. Residents learn to care for themselves and others, establish personal accountability, and develop vocational skills to return to our community as productive and responsible citizens.

Stout Street Foundation has been serving the Denver Metro Area as a substance use disorder treatment provider since 1974. From our humble beginnings at a house on Stout Street in Denver to completely refurbishing a hotel in Commerce City we have grown and continue to be one of the most successful therapeutic communities in Colorado.

Treatment At The Stout Street Foundation

missionStout Street Foundation incorporates a number of evidence-based practices recognized by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Inner Child, Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Relapse Prevention.

SSF uses peer accountability and support to create an environment of transparency and awareness of unhealthy behaviors.

A significant part of treatment is workforce development. Unemployment is a formidable barrier to sobriety and stability Residents take a job skills assessment and are placed on a track that builds on their previous work history, experience, and interests. Residents work at on-site or off-site jobs made available through the Foundation’s network of workforce development partners, creating an employment and skill pipeline that helps lead to gainful, stable employment at program completion.


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    Eileen Shurmann



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    Stephanie Syner

    Vice Chair

  • Jim Halderman
    Jim Halderman



  • Yolanda Gotier
    Yolanda Gotier


  • Janella Morganflash, CAS
    Janella Morganflash, CAS

    Logistics Director

  • Michael Corp
    Michael Corp

    Aftercare Coordinators

  • Salena Torres
    Salena Torres

    Aftercare Coordinators

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    Jeri Steppat

    MA, LPCC, ACC, MFTC – Serenity Program Director

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    Serenity Floor Managers

    Nicholas Gutierrez, Rachel Rudd, and Michael Vigil

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    Dianna Gilmore

    CAS – SUD Counselor

  • Michael H. scaled
    Michael Harden

    Family Therapist

  • Robyn Winters
    Robyn Winters

    Director of Development

  • Katie Brydon
    Katie Brydon

    Serenity Clinical Director

  • Lee Hotchkiss
    Lee Hotchkiss

    CAT SUD Counselor/Business Development

  • Jennifer Alm
    Jennifer Alm, CAS

    PM Counselor

  • CurtisA
    Curtis Aguino

    Director of Outreach & Admissions

  • Andrew L
    Andrew Land, CAT

    PM Counselor

  • Brad L
    Brad Lucero III, CAS

    Executive Director


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    Rene McQuiller, CAS

    Orientation Overseer

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    Morris Murray, CAS

    Certified Addiction Specialist

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    Monty Christiansen

    Auto Clerk / Building Maintenance

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    Alton Clark, CAS

    Evening Supervisor

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    Mark Fournier, CAS

    Program Director

  • Sharol Wells
    Sharol Wells, CAS

    President / CEO

  • Keenan Van de Boogaard

    Board Member


  • Dr. Kenneth G. Wilson

    Board Member

  • Dale Algrim

    Board Member


  • Chris Gilbert

    Board Member



I was taking a bath, the water going cold while I hugged myself at the knees crying silently when the thought of wanting it to all end entered my mind. “My life,” I thought? No, my addiction! I wanted it to stop. For things to get better. I wanted my life back. I wanted my kids back. It was then I began to pray.

The next day I struggled over what I wanted and what I was used to. I faced my fears head-on. I knew once I told DHS I needed rehab there was no turning back. I was no longer afraid of the turmoil in my head over quitting. I was afraid I’d lose my kids to the system. Lose myself to the game. That afternoon I called every rehab I could find in my area.

When I walked through the doors at Serenity I was broken, but I was willing. Willing to put in the work. Willing to fight my demons. Willing to put my sobriety & mental health 1st. Willing to do whatever it took to have a better life. Staff helped me set goals, gave me tools, helped prepare me for the “real world,” helped set me up for sober living(where I can have my kids) & encouraged me to do me. Cause at the end of the day, it’s my choices that will keep me on the path I choose to be on. I was given the tools I needed I just had to put them to use. I left there with hope. With goals for my future. With a newfound strength.

Today I am sober. Not because I have to be but because I want to be. Thanks to Serenity and all the amazing people there my life has meaning again. This was the best (and hardest) decision I’ve ever made.


- Jessica,

Before entering into the Serenity program I was chained by my addiction homeless on the streets by myself. I was given the gift of desperation as I spent my days alone and scared waiting for every day to just end.  Recovery Court intervened and removed me from the hell on earth I was experiencing they gave me the opportunity I had been praying for, they gave me inpatient treatment at the Serenity program.

My experience at Serenity was life-changing, I was escorted to my room after being given some clean clothes and new shoes where I sat on a clean bed already made up for me, and I cried. I took a deep breath because I could finally breathe and wept over the overwhelming feeling of safety I felt being there. The staff was so personable and shared testimony of their own which filled me up with hope for a real chance to achieve and maintain sobriety for myself.

The daily groups were like medicine to me, as I learned new tools for the first time and processed through a lot of hurt, I could actually feel parts of my heart starting to heal. I am truly grateful for the foundation of independence and self-worth I found at Serenity to stand on to begin to build my life sober and in recovery.

After completing the program Serenity helped me find a safe place to transition to at Hazelbrook Sober Living where four years later I am now a certified peer support specialist as well as a Hazelbrook Sober Living Director. I often share my story with residents and the still struggling addict about where my recovery started and that was at Serenity. Thank you, Serenity for making all the difference in my life at a time when I needed it and it mattered the most!

- Ayla,

I had burned many bridges… and I was alone. They show you what an adult looks like in our society and teach you skills so that you can live the way adults do… You can have people back in your life when you get your life back together… I’ve learned how to tolerate the world that isn’t so nice all of the time.

- Sharol W,

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