Mentis Preserves Serenity Homes Affordable Recovery Housing Through Sale and Donation of Lernhart Street Properties

Mentis, a leader in mental health and one of the oldest nonprofits in Napa County, announced today that the south Napa properties the Gasser Foundation recently gifted them have been officially sold and donated to longstanding tenant and fellow nonprofit Serenity Homes of Napa Valley. The property on 1983 Lernhart Street closed escrow on February 15th, and 1982 Lernhart Street was /donated to Serenity Homes on February 15th, 2024.

“We’re immensely grateful to the Gasser Foundation for entrusting Mentis to find a creative, civically minded solution for the future of the Lernhart Street properties,” said Rob Weiss, Executive Director of Mentis. “Serenity Homes are invaluable to an underserved part of our community, so to have landed on an arrangement that preserves an immensely critical resource to individuals in recovery and maintains more affordable housing was a great outcome.

The two Lernhart Street homes – previously owned by the Gasser Foundation for the last decade – are among six affordable sober living homes Serenity Homes operates in Napa Valley. The Gasser Foundation opted not to renew a lease with Serenity Homes and, instead, bestow the properties to Mentis, who has longstanding relationships with both entities and would ensure the future of the properties would continue to provide affordable housing to the region’s underserved community.

“We’re thrilled with the outcome of the Lernhart Street properties and appreciate the partnership of Mentis and the Gasser Foundation for ensuring we can continue to serve our residents working hard in recovery,” said Chris Indelicato, chair of the Serenity Homes board. “Our organizations have similar missions of creating supportive, healthier pathways for Napa Valley residents facing substance abuse and mental health, so we knew we were in trusted hands with Mentis. We are grateful to Mentis for helping us continue to offer affordable recovery housing for our most underserved residents.”

Mentis will direct the proceeds from the sale of 1983 Lernhart Street towards the forthcoming Mentis Wellness Campus, slated to open in early 2025.

For more information on the new Mentis Wellness Campus, please contact Charlotte Hajer at [email protected]. To learn more about Serenity Homes, please contact Chris Indelicato at [email protected]

About Mentis

With over 75 years of service, Mentis is one the oldest continually operating nonprofits in Napa County and a leader in the region’s mental health and wellness space. Founded in 1948 to help families adjust to civilian life after WWII, Mentis is dedicated to the emotional well-being of all Napa County residents. It provides bilingual, affordable mental health services to people of every age and income level. Mentis offers a continuum of services, including early prevention, outpatient, and residential programming, accessible through schools and community partners.

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