Joseph Daniel McQuany
In 1972 Joseph Daniel McQuany (1928 – 2007) incorporated Serenity House as a private non-profit organization. Through his work, “Joe” as he was known, touched, and indeed transformed the lives of many tens of thousands in the local, state, national and international communities who had addictions.
In 1962 Joe McQuany made a decision, to become sober. Once detoxed, he knew that he would have to find a way to stay sober. His way was Alcoholics Anonymous. In spite of being an outsider at that time because he was an African-American, McQuany was determined to avail himself of the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps and the Big Book. These became an intricate part of his life. Joe realized that because he needed to save himself he had to save others. He soon began organizing AA groups. These groups proliferated and McQuany wound up founding an offshoot of AA himself. He called his program Serenity House before it had a house. Eventually McQuany was able to acquire an older house on Broadway in Little Rock, Arkansas. As the program grew, numerous moves were made and Serenity House became Serenity Park, an extended-care sanctuary for all; black or white, penniless or professional, who needed to get sober.
Before his death in 2007 Joe McQuany had amassed 45 years of experience at helping and treating persons with addictions. He was dedicated to helping others as a servant of the community, nation and also on the international level and upheld the utmost in ethical practice while doing so. For 27 years he provided training from the textbook, Alcoholics Anonymous, working internationally and has spoken to over 500,000 people during this process. He developed the first comprehensive treatment model (Recovery Dynamics) for addiction which is used worldwide by related organizations. He also developed the only non-profit gender-specific treatment facility for women in this region of the United States which opened in 2007. Out of this work the Kelly Foundation was born. This foundation is a non-profit educational organization designed to distribute Recovery Dynamics and related publications and audio-visual aids.
McQuany was an accomplished author who published three works; Recovery Dynamics (1989), The Steps We Took (1990), and Carry This Message (2002).