Guest House

A place to heal. Guided by God and the 12-Steps of recovery – possible through our tradition of care and compassion.

OUR STORY

A place of hope and healing.

Since 1956 for men and 1994 for women, Guest House has been providing a unique Catholic faith-filled, community atmosphere for clergy and men and women religious who are suffering from addiction.

Austin Ripley founded Guest House in 1956 with what at the time was a revolutionary mission – to treat religious and clergy who suffered from chemical addiction, such as alcoholism. Ripley believed it was essential to treat chemical dependency in an atmosphere which affirms the special nature of the priesthood and religious life. He also knew that the most effective treatment should use 12-Step recovery in order to treat a disease which is physical, spiritual and emotional. 

Time has proven Austin Ripley right. Since its beginning, Guest House has helped thousands of clergy and religious to be released from the ordeal of alcoholism, drug dependency and process addictions, and many live renewed productive lives in recovery. 

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OUR VISION

Respecting the dignity of
all through the teachings
of the Catholic Church.

Guest House will provide person-centered treatment services to those it serves which respect the dignity of all who enter there and respect the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Guest House will hold to the highest standards of good stewardship as its commitment to its donor-stakeholders. Guest House will apply the principles of Catholic social justice as its guide in respecting the dignity of all staff and volunteers.

our impact

You will know them by their fruits

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compassion, hope and recovery

Focused on providing a haven for each client to return to wellness.

The programmatic content is vital to physical healing and includes alternative approaches such as tai chi, auricular acupuncture, therapeutic massage and other exercise. Respectively, spiritual healing is necessary for our priests, deacons, brothers, seminarians, and men and women religious; and we honor their human dignity and vocational callings. Mass is celebrated daily (except Saturday for women), and experience tells us that a nurturing environment that addresses all aspects of healing supports quality recovery and overall health and wellness – and restores relationships with God and a return to ministry.

OUR LOCATION

A tranquil and spirit-filled setting

The men’s program at Guest House utilizes our newly renovated men’s treatment center on our 105-acre Lake Orion property, complete with ample walking space and retreat-like grounds that are conducive for healing and recovery. The residential facility offers 16 private suites, dining area with dietician-managed meals and snacks, rooms for individualized and group therapy, common relaxation space and chapel.

The women’s program at Guest House is located in our new women’s treatment center which opened in the fall of 2014. The new women’s center is adjoined to the men’s center via an enclosed walkway, allowing staff to support clients in both centers effectively and efficiently. Similar to the men’s center, the women’s facility offers ten private suites.