Transformation to Recovery

New Life is Possible

A ministry of Christ Church South Philly

Transformation to Recovery is a 501c3 non profit organization formed as a ministry of Christ Church South Philly. TTR exists to help men and women with their hindrances, habits and hurts to experience full recovery through a transformation as a new creation in Christ. We offer multiple pathways through our recovery support community center which is integrated into the life of Christ Church.


The Need

In Philadelphia there is a pressing need specifically for recovery services for those who struggle with substance abuse.  Since 2007, deaths due to overdose have increased by 300%; from 400 per year to over 1,200 in 2017.  Addiction treatment rates have also soared, from 8,802 in 2013 to 15,055 in 2017.

Philadelphia continues to spend an astronomical amount of money on programs and systems to fight addiction, but their efforts continue to fall short in stemming the growth. We believe that a drastically different approach is required. As Dr. Paul Tripp has said, “Our cure is not a system, nor a program. It is a person and His name is Jesus.”  While there certainly are psychological and biological factors to addiction, at its root it is a spiritual issue. Therefore, true freedom can only be found in the Savior’s forgiveness and the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome.

God welcomes us to come to Him as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us as we are. The power of God's love is not just that He welcomes everyone, but that He can change anyone.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Luke 19

We believe that in order to deal with addiction effectively, education and training are absolutely essential.

Our recovery meeting is for men and women every Friday 7:00–8:30 pm

We meet at Christ Church
229 Moore Street

Here is what you can expect:

  • A safe environment where you can be free to take your mask off and be honest. Everyone here is on the same road that you are.
  • An agreed upon confidentiality regarding anything that is shared in the meeting.
  • Experienced facilitators who have been where you are and genuinely care.

We also have a support group for women who have a loved one in recovery (Spouse, child, household member, etc.)

 We meet at Christ Church every other Friday night from 7pm-8:30pm




The mission of Hope House is to provide a safe home for men to pursue sobriety and new life purpose through making and maturing them as disciples of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God.

In Philadelphia, there is a glaring lack of recovery houses that are integrated with a local church . Therefore, a major component of full recovery is missing.  Since addiction is ultimately a spiritual issue full recovery necessitates transformation within a spiritual community.  We meet this need not only through giving men a home, but intentionally integrating them into the life of our church family.


Addiction is a sociological, psychological and spiritual problem. The person and work of Jesus Christ addresses all three of these factors.


The good news of Jesus teaches us that we are to welcome everyone to come as they are without judgment of past decisions or failures, or with stigmas of their sin struggles.


The good news of Jesus is meant to be experienced and applied in the community of the local church. Lasting transformation is best fostered within the relationships of the church.


The end goal of an addiction ministry is to help individuals be established in a new identity and purpose in Christ, transforming them successfully back into a contributing person in society.



Determine Plan of Action

The individual is assesed by our team to determine the best plan of action.

  • Does the person need to be detoxed, sent to rehab, or should he come into Hope House?

If coming into Hope House is determined to be the best option an individualized recovery plan is put together.  Also, through Hope House Philly’s connections in the Behavioral Health field, individuals can be connected to whatever services are most appropriate for their need.

Engage in House Activities

  • Daily Devotionals led by the house manager
  • 4 Bible studies per week
  • Partnership with PRO-ACT to receive
    • Counseling services
    • Life skills training
  • Weekly testimony nights
  • Weekly meetings with the house manager with each individual to track progress on their recovery plan

Participate in Christ Church

  • Attend Sunday Service
  • Join a small group
  • Serve on a ministry team
  • Be mentored by a member

Regain Personal Responsibility

  • Stable source of income
  • Permanent housing
  • Track record of sobriety
  • Spiritual maturity to handle the temptation of once again being on their own


John Carlson

John Carlson

Executive Director MBA, CRS

Chris King

Chris King

House Manager

Board Director

Samuel Cardillo

Deacon at Christ Church

Board Director

Dr. Marshall Miller

Member of Christ Church

Board Chairman

Rev. Jeff Boettcher

Lead Pastor of Christ Church

Board Director

Julie Mattaliano

Member of Christ Church

Board Director

Diana Gural

Member of Christ Church

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Christ Church

Christ Church
South Philly