Jose Rivera is a seasoned director and accomplished professional, who has over 13 years of experience in the Health Care/Behavioral Health Services Field. During his career, Jose has managed and led teams of health care and behavioral health professionals in creating and delivering high quality programs and services for clients. These services included outpatient substance abuse treatment for teenagers and adults, family, marriage and individual counseling, and case management services for those individuals in treatment. Jose’s expertise includes creating and managing interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals, including psychiatrists, phycologists, physicians, social workers and case managers that work together to address all areas of treatment, including clinical components, vocational skills, health and nutrition, etc.
Jose earned a Bachelor’s of Art’s in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, which included a year at West Chester University, as part of the National Student Exchange Program, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialty in Health Care Services from Saint Joseph’s University. This combination of educational skills and professional background makes Jose an exceptional and seasoned leader in the addiction services field.
One of Jose’s guiding principles is to be of service. He believes that is his responsibility to assist individuals that are in need, including those being affected by substance abuse. His professional career has been devoted to the serving others. He has worked at several human services/healthcare based nonprofit organizations with the same purpose. His commitment to help others expands beyond his work life into his personal life. Jose has served on the Board of Directors of other organizations dedicated to assist individuals battling with substance abuse issues in the past, providing his expertise to develop effective and successful programming.
Jose is also an active outdoors man, who spends his free time camping with his two children, mountain biking, hiking or running in the woods of Eastern Pennsylvania. Jose is a firm believer that physical and emotional well-being go hand in hand, and he is a big advocate for physical activity as part of a successful substance abuse treatment program.
Expect him to greet you with a warm handshake and a friendly smile upon your visit at The Manor of Hope.
Matthew brings to the Manor of Hope a passion for teaching and a commitment to learning from all those he supports. His career in the fields of education and recovery began while living and teaching in Argentina and Honduras. After returning to the United States, Matthew began coordinating the supportive services of a young adult substance abuse program located in Philadelphia. While in that role, Matthew observed firsthand the devastation that drug use inflicts on our families and our communities. He also witnessed inspiring stories of triumph and had the honor of working with some of the brightest minds in the field of recovery.
Matthew earned a Master’s of Education from Temple University in 2013. Since then he has utilized his training and experience to design and implement resilience and life skills programming. He has served as a mentor and advisor to both students and professionals alike. His work has helped build pathways towards meaningful employment and education opportunities which promotes lasting change in those he serves.
Matthew understands the effectiveness of combating addiction by providing a life full of healthy activities and strong community. The urge to abuse is strongest when one finds themselves in darkness. Like a candle, these cravings lose their power when surrounded by warmth and brightness. Matthew is excited to help offer that brightness to all those who come to the Manor.
Matthew is an adventurer at heart who has enjoyed his time travelling the world. These days you’ll find him exploring the forests closer to home with Scout, his Australian Cattle Dog.
John’s passion is helping individuals struggling with addiction. He understands from experience what this horrible disease can do to a person and their family. John grew up in South Jersey and began experimenting with drugs in High School. His use rapidly spiraled out of control and consequently, John struggled with heroin addiction for over ten years. He entered countless thirty and sixty day rehab programs during that period. He never found the help he needed or any sustained success through those programs. As John’s addiction progressed he ended up homeless living on the streets of South Florida.
By chance, he was admitted to a therapeutic community. John was finally able to find the environment he needed to heal and adequate time away from his old life, allowed him to achieve long term sobriety. He has now been substance-free for almost three years, and is attending college to become a certified addictions counselor. His firsthand experience with this disease is invaluable when it comes to relating to and empathizing with our residents. He helps residents navigate the many pitfalls and trials that all people face during their recovery.
Sam was born to be a chef. Raised in the kitchen of his family’s Italian restaurant, Sam was initially introduced to the culinary arts by his parents. Their passion became his and Sam went on to graduate from the Philadelphia Restaurant School which included several months in working in France with a French culinary team. Sam brings to the Manor over 30 years of culinary expertise. From the Philly Cricket Club to the gastropub, Magerks, Sam has mastered a variety of cuisines using fresh, local ingredients in healthy and innovative ways. Meals prepared at the Manor are diverse with an emphasis on lean meats, whole grains, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Sam’s passion for creating gastronomic delights is shared with our young men. Under the tutelage of Sam, during their stay Residents learn how to select and prepare nutritious meals for themselves. In addition, working side by side with our Residents, Sam manages the planting and maintenance of our Manor garden.
Samson is the Manor of Hope’s house dog! He is always available to take a walk, listen or grab a treat with our residents.
Samson hopes to spend time with all at the Manor.