Adult and Teen Challenge of the Greater South merges with Project Hope Recovery Center

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HOUSTON, Texas – Adult and Teen Challenge of the Greater South (ATCGS) is merging with Project Hope Recovery Center (PH) 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.” said Pastor Don Nordin, CEO of PH.

ATCGS began operating in 2008, opening its first location in Russellville, AR. Since then, the ministry has grown to include centers in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kansas. Both ATCGS and PH are residential, long-term, 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 voted April 5 to merge the two entities with the leadership of PH assuming management. ATCGS will operate under the auspices and corporate covering of PH.

ATCGS and PH 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. Nordin was instrumental in helping Jarrod and Kim 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. The Flanagans helped launch Project Hope Recovery Center and served as board members for the first several years.

“We look forward to working as one team to further our mission of rescuing men and women out of addiction, depression and homelessness,” said ATCGS board member, Chris Baugh.

Pastor John Tracy of Life Church in Little Rock will serve as the Chairman of the Board for Project Hope Recovery Center moving forward.

For more information about the work of Project Hope and Saving Grace please visit and

Project Hope and Saving Grace are in no way affiliated with Adult & Teen Challenge USA.