HOUSTON, Texas – Adult and Teen Challenge of the Greater South (ATCGS) is merging with Project Hope Recovery Center and Saving Grace Women’s Home (PH&SG) to create a new entity able to serve more than 270 clients via nine centers in 6 states.
“The constant activity of God is rescue, and that is what this merger is all about – increasing the capacity of both entities to serve as channels for God’s redemptive work. Our ministries exist to rescue people from the horrors of addiction. We’ve seen individual’s health restored, destinies regained, and families reunited as the consequence of men and women committing to and completing the process of recovery,” said Pastor Don Nordin, CEO of PH&SG.
ATCGS began operating in 2009, opening its first location in Russellville, AR. Since then, the ministry has grown to include centers in Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kansas. Both ATCGS and PH&SG are residential, one-year-long, faith-based discipleship programs for persons seeking to overcome addiction.
Project Hope Recovery Center launched in 2013 in Houston. Since then, it has grown to include Saving Grace Women’s Home, launched in 2016. The combined ministries operate centers in Texas, Florida and Arkansas serving more than 120 individuals. Their corporate headquarters are in Houston.
The respective boards of ATCGS and PH&SG voted April 5 to merge the two entities with the leadership of PH&SG assuming management. ATCGS will operate under the auspices and corporate covering of PH&SG. Pastor Jarrod Flanagan, founder of ATCGS, will continue in a consulting role.
ATCGS and PH&SG have enjoyed a long history of mutual support. “We have worked together for an extended period. We’ve decided we can accomplish more together than we could separately,” said Michael Vecchio, COO for PH&SG. Nordin was instrumental in helping Flanagan launch the first ATCGS center. Since then, Nordin and his wife Susan have served as adjunct chaplains for ATCGS speaking at many of its conferences and retreats. Flanagan helped launch Project Hope Recovery Center and served as a board member for the first several years. He has consulted for the ministry as well.
“We look forward to working as one team to further our mission of rescuing men and women out addiction, depression and homelessness,” said ATCGS board member Chris Baugh.