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Jennifer Hansen, President

About Us

My name is Jennifer, and I am a recovering drug addict.

​My addiction took me to places I never imagined. I lived on the streets with a $300-a-day heroin habit. With dark circles under my eyes and track marks along my arms, I felt dead; my soul was gone. At the time, life seemed hopeless.

After several attempts at rehabilitation, I finally successfully detoxed at Seabrook House in Seabrook, NJ. I then entered a women's transitional facility in Southern California where, during my 3-month stay, I began to gather the tools I needed to live without drugs. I learned the simple life skills that are necessary to stay clean and obtain serenity in my life. I stayed in California for 2 & 1/2 years while working and participating in 12-step recovery before returning home to NJ.  

I saw the need for something following the short term treatment that addicts were getting and began to pursue opening some housing for recovering addicts in NJ similar to what I experienced in California. So, here's what happened… 

  • 2001 - The Hansen Foundation, Inc. was formed.
  • 2004 - Hansen House Halfway House for Men opened with 34 bed capacity
  • 2005 - Hansen House Halfway House for Women opened with 34 bed capacity
  • 2007 - Serenity House Sober Living for Women opened with 11 beds
  • 2008 - Serenity Meadows Sober Living for Women opened with 10 beds
  • 2012 - Randy Scarborough House Sober Living for Men opened with 12 beds
  • 2014 - Serenity Rose House Sober Living for Women opened with 11 beds
  • 2015 - Serenity Estates Sober Living opened the first luxury house for Women in NJ

I have been drug-free for 19 years and along with continuing to keep recovery my #1 priority, I practice yoga regularly and believe in eating healthy and organic foods. We are what we eat after all and our body is really all we have so we better take good care of it! I am so excited to be able to incorporate all of what I have learned in my recovery for the benefit of those in Serenity Estates.

My Director of Operations, Terri Burns, has been working with me for the past 9 years and we have built this together 100%. All of our staff is in long term recovery and has first hand knowledge of where the addict is and where they need to go. Their willingness will ultimately determine their success! We go above and beyond to help addicts realize their true potential.


Jennifer Hansen