Sister to Sister 2
Women destined to be a difference - In their lives, their family, their community.
Women of Destiny
"The mission of Sister to Sister 2 is to help women survivors of addiction, violence, homelessness, and incarceration HEAL, EMPOWER, and ACHIEVE their dreams, living in their purpose."
"We provide housing, counseling, education, and case-management to support women upon their journey to restoration."
"We envision every woman to living in the fullness of joy, manifesting her dreams."
Sister to Sister 2, Inc was founded by Ms. Johnnia Davis. Ms. Johnnia (known as Ms. Johnnie) grew up in West Oakland where she attended high-school and later studied at CA Berkeley, where she graduated valedictorian. She studied law at Berkeley, and went on to work as a criminal attorney in San Francisco. Her true passion was working with women, and in 1997 she opened the original Sisters program, where she worked with women who were suffering from trauma and substance abuse issues.
Johnnie launched Serenity House, Sister to Sister 2's Recovery and Wellness Program located in West Oakland, in response to the increasing numbers of underserved women, particularly women of color, who were struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. She recognized that many of these women were dealing with intergenerational trauma, including childhood molestation, which had resulted in mental health issues as well as substance use in an attempt to deal with their pain and trauma.
Over the years Serenity House has provided services to hundreds of women. Through its 9 month program women have found healing and hope. A previous study demonstrated that over 74% of the women who successfully completed the program have gone on to live joyful and productive lives. They have remained clean and sober, obtained GEDs, furthered their education, obtained good jobs and stable housing, and reunited with children and families. Some have bought homes and received advanced college degrees!
Serenity House emphasizes giving back, and several of our graduates have volunteered their time at Serenity House, sharing their own stories and experience with other women, inspiring them to work hard at changing their own lives.
"The trauma of systematic racism is killing Black women. A first step toward change"
T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives.