Casa Serena History

Mildred Pinheiro
Casa Serena opened its doors to alcoholic women in August of 1959 primarily through the efforts of our founder Mildred Pinheiro. Recovering from alcoholism herself, Mildred wanted to open the home “because there was no place here for a woman alcoholic to go for help.” The house was originally a project of the Santa Barbara Committee on Alcoholism (now the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) but became a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in 1973.

Our Mission

To help women and their families recover from addiction by providing evidence-based treatment services while building community, instilling self-determination, and empowering them with educational opportunities and financial literacy.

Our Vision

A joyous and purposeful life

Casa Serena:

  • Reunites families
  • Encourages women to fulfill their potential
  • Is the only non-denominational program of its kind in Santa Barbara
  • Is the only residential treatment facility for women with children in Santa Barbara County
  • Is the oldest residential recovery program for women in Santa Barbara County
  • Is a comprehensive residential treatment program is licensed by the State of California.
  • Changes lives forever

Professional and Experienced Staff

Casa Serena’s staff consists of trained professionals in the treatment of substance abuse. Our clinical team is made up of Marriage/Family Therapists (MFT’s) and MFT interns, as well as Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors and counselor interns. The clinical and program staff have experience in evidence-based treatment and 12-Step recovery, a social model for treatment of addiction and addictive behaviors.