Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide safe and stable transitional housing to adults in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol and to assist them in moving toward a productive and independent life.


The Upper Room began over 25 years ago when the First United Methodist Church of South Bend opened its doors to the homeless men in our community to give them a temporary place to stay.

In ministering to these men, we realized something important: the vast majority of them struggled with some form of addiction.

After a few years of soul searching, research and consideration, the doors opened again and the Upper Room Recovery Community was born. A place of acceptance and hope. A living community offering programming and support for men who are in recovery from addiction or alcoholism.

In 2012 the Upper Room officially incorporated as a 501c3 public charity, with the blessing and continued support of our home and parent organization, First United Methodist.


It feels terrible to turn someone away.

Prior to 2019, our facilities were only set up for men. Looking a woman in the eyes and telling her there is no room for her never sat well with our staff or board.

That’s why we changed it…

A New Begining

The generosity of our supporters has allowed us to purchase a new building that has become the home of the Upper Room Community’s women’s services. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to provide help for a historically underserved community.

Read more information about our campaign to bring recovery housing to women in our community

Equality Statement

Any one should be able to get the help they need

The Upper Room Recovery Community is offered to adults in need without regard to their race, disability, religious heritage or preference, or gender orientation.

Our Staff

These wonderful people are the backbone and soul of the Upper Room. Each and every individual is thoroughly vetted and have shown to uphold our ideals and desire to help you or your loved ones on their journey of recovery.

Tara Paiano

Executive Director

Pamela Smith

Case Manager, Women’s Facility

Lawrence Vaughan

Case Manager, Men’s Facility

For me, I really needed time away from my old environment. I needed a place where people are in recovery and are serious about their recovery, a place where I could fit in and give my newly-found recovery a solid foundation.


I’m finally getting better. I'm moving forward.


Life is so much better. I had no idea the sweet life I could have.


My alcoholism was so out of control and so was my life. I had a loss of trust with people who cared about me. It’s devastating. How do you regain that trust?


I came here because of word of mouth about Upper Room. I’ve known about God most of my life, but I did not KNOW God.


I've learned a lot about myself through this process. My character has changed. It's not easy, but with help, I know I can do it. It is God's will, not mine.


The disease is arrested, not destroyed. Each day you have to decide whether you’re going to live or die – because it will kill you.


When you’re in the midst of addiction, you’re also in the midst of loneliness and isolation. It’s hard to shake off. Your defense mechanisms are like a coat that you put on.