About the Timothy Initiative
The Timothy Initiative was founded in 2010 by George Wood. After his personal struggles with addiction, mental health, and suicide attempts, he set out with a mission to walk alongside other men and introduce a new way of life through Jesus. With the support of the Underground Network, the Timothy Initiative formed. The name “Timothy Initiative” comes from the relationship in scripture between Paul and Timothy. Paul worked side by side with Timothy mentoring and equipping him. Timothy was given the tools and direction to continue to share the message of Jesus Christ. Our community is sustained by men who have been experienced this transformation sharing their story and investing in the next guy.
In 2019, Timothy Initiative officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 continuing their ongoing ministry with the mission to serve men in recovery from addiction, homelessness, and other tough life circumstances. We currently operate in Tampa, FL with a total of four residential homes. Three of our homes provide affordable, sober living for men. These men also learn to rely on each other and support each other through struggles and celebrate each other in success. Our fourth house is our program home which can accommodate up to 14 men. These men are asked to make a one year commitment upon entering, but our program is open ended. Men work with our Work Therapy partners during the week and participate in different activities throughout the week - like our in house recovery meeting and weekly bible study, morning devotionals as a community, involvement in the local church, mentoring, and community service projects. We work with men to heal and restore all areas of their lives - physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.
Our ministry model was developed through practice. By connecting men to community, to God, and to a bigger purpose, we are able to see substantially more effective results than a typical rehab environment. We strive to see men fully living healed as the father, brother, son, partner, and man that God created them to be. By addressing the sin, brokenness, and trauma that leads into addiction and mental health struggles, our men are truly able to heal. We work with men to develop their lives in a way that is full of purpose and submitted to God. This work is done through our four pillars - Recovery, Discipleship, Work Therapy, and Community.
Board of Directors
We are proud to present our board of directors, a team of committed professionals who desire to see Jesus on display in the lives of our men.