Lake Orion, MI – January 2019 – Guest House is proud to announce Robert D. Steele, MD, as the new chair of its Board of Trustees. Steele accepted the position in October, with start date of January 1, 2019, and he will serve a two-year term. A trustee since 2000, Steele is a long-time advocate of the Guest House ministry; and as a retired physician, he brings a clinical perspective to the Board leadership.

Steele and his wife make their home in Naples, Florida, and spend summers in Gaylord, Michigan. Steele is a retired radiologist and previously served as chairman of the radiology department at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

Guest House President and CEO Jeff Henrich shared, “The trustees look forward to Dr. Steele’s direction, based on wisdom and knowledge, so they can support the staff in the mission of helping priests, deacons, brothers, seminarians and women religious overcome addiction with treatment, begin their recovery journeys and return to their ministries.”

Guest House is grateful to former Board of Trustees Chair and current Trustee Michael J. Fontana for his leadership over the years. Steele offered appreciation to Fontana at the January Board meeting: “It has been inspirational to me to watch you deal with the difficult problems in a manner which was fair, just and respectful to all. Guest House is a better organization because of your leadership, and we are a better Board because of what you have done.” Fontana will remain on the Board as a trustee.

At a recent Board breakfast, which included Guest House staff and alumni, Steele commented, “Everyone suffering from the disease of addiction has at one time uttered the most basic prayer of all addicts: ‘God, help me.’ I believe that Guest House and everyone who makes up this mission are part of God’s answer to that basic prayer, and we must be here for the individual who is saying that prayer at this very moment.”

Guest House, Inc., identified in the Official Catholic Directory, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit health care provider that specializes in residential addiction treatment for Catholic clergy and religious, since 1956. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of 15 individuals including lay people and religious from throughout the United States. Contact Doris Brandt at 248-393-8935 or for more information.

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