Grace of God Recovery House

Mission Statement:

Grace of God Recovery House is an outreach of Spiritus Christi. We strive to live out Jesus Christ's radical message of unconditional love to all people regardless of distinctions. We believe life is precious in all forms and should be protected from violence whether it is from warfare, nuclear weapons, the death penalty, domestic abuse, or violence on television. We welcome the richness of diversity in our sisters and brothers of all races and faiths. We believe in having fun and enjoying the precious life of recovery that God has given us.

Grace of God Recovery House is a safe home for men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Located at 120 Franklin Street in downtown Rochester, it houses up to four men at a time. Residents stay in this structured and supportive environment until they are ready to move on to a halfway house or independent living. Every Wednesday evening, residents, former residents, and volunteers gather for a community meal and sharing group.

Sister Margie Henninger founded Grace of God in 1999 and serves as its live-in director. The staff and a number of volunteers provide ongoing support throughout the week. They share their twelve-step experiences, cook meals, and provide transportation for the men. An advisory group of ten people meets every other month to help with decision making and support for the programs and fundraising events. Parishioners contribute to this ministry through monthly food collections, fundraising dinners in August, and an annual golfing tournament in September.

Grace of God Recovery House was the first outreach program of the parish.

In the Summer of 1999, Spiritus Christi congregation raised $80,000 in three months to purchase the large 1860’s house. Having welcomed numerous men, Grace of God networks with other community agencies and is well known in the Rochester recovery community.

About Sister Margie Henninger:

Sister Margie began working in our community in 1976. She founded Corpus Christi Center (now Mercy Outreach Center) and Dimitri House, a food and shelter program for the homeless.

As an outgrowth of the latter, she developed Dimitri Recovery House, the precursor of Grace of God Recovery House.

The Grace of God Recovery House Staff, from left to right:

Elly Majors

Don Mueller

Sr. Margie Henninger

Jim Mykins

Deacon Alfred Knight

Bob Ott