Killian Noe For nearly three
decades, Killian Noe has lived in and led a number of intentional communities
throughout the world. In 1985, she co-founded Samaritan Inns, an intensive,
transitional and longer-term healing community for men and women recovering
from homelessness and addiction. A comprehensive response to homelessness and
addictions, Samaritan Inns has become a national model and has received scores
of awards for excellence and innovation in supportive housing and treatment.
Samaritan Inns for 15 years, Noe moved to Seattle in 1999 and co-founded the
New Creation Community, an ecumenical faith community committed to contemplation
and action and to addressing the widening gap between the world’s rich and
In 1999 she
founded and currently leads Recovery Café, a therapeutic community and school
for men and women recovering from homelessness, addiction and other mental
health challenges. Recovery Café provides ongoing support that begins where
traditional treatment programs end. Ninety percent of its members report that
Recovery Café has helped them maintain sobriety and has given them a deep sense
Noe has received
many awards and recognitions, including being honored as a distinguished alumna
by Yale Divinity School in 1998 and Wake Forest in 2015. She is also an author
having written Finding Our Way Home: Addictions and Divine Love.
Noe is a member
of Seattle University’s Board of Trustees and an adjunct professor in the
School of Theology and Ministry.