Please know that all of your needs will be met through the generosity of the Friars and Benefactors. If you do not have any of the recommended items, they will be provided for you.
One weeks’ worth of clothing (laundry is done on-site)
Collared shirts and long pants are required during treatment hours
Sweatshirts, sweatpants, hoodies, and appropriate T-shirts are allowed after treatment hours only
Current prescribed medications
Toiletries (cannot contain alcohol)
Cigarettes – carton and/or pack; Must be sealed. (Family may send additional cigarettes during your stay through US Post Office only.)
A watch without an alarm
You may bring money with you to use in vending/snack machines or to purchase phone cards for $5 each. We recommend no more than $25 – $50. No debit cards are permitted.
We do have a banking system where you can deposit and withdraw money (Monday – Friday 12:30 – 3:30pm) if you are not comfortable having money on your person or in your locker. St. Christopher’s Inn is not responsible for money lost during your stay that is not secured through the banking system.
Family may send cash or money orders (through the US Post Office only). Maximum money order amount is $25 each. More than one money order may sent at the same time. Money orders will be cashed through the banking system during banking hours. St. Christopher’s Inn is not responsible for cash lost through the US Postal Service.
Important Shipping Note: All items sent to someone in residence at St. Christopher’s Inn must be sent through the United States Post Office only! No packages delivered via UPS, Fed Ex, another shipper or personal delivery will be accepted. St. Christopher’s Inn staff is not permitted to sign for any packages and is not responsible for ensuring a package is returned to the sender.
Please do not bring anything other than what is listed above, as we do not have the storage space for additional items. We appreciate your cooperation.
Fr. Emil Tomaskovic, SA
Fr. Emil served as the Minister General for the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement during the Inn’s major $5.5 million expansion in 1991. Currently he serves as the Friars’ Director of Special Gifts.
“Our founder, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, reached out and offered spiritual and physical rehabilitation to Brothers Christopher who were in need because he understood the dignity of the human person. He did nothing more than what Jesus ordered – feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide for the stranger and those who are sick: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40”
The nurses are the best part of my day.
The admission process was as fast and painless as it could be.
The medical staff is excellent, they treated me with love and care.
Overall the program and facility at St. Christopher’s Inn is the best, bar none.
Family program is PERFECT please don’t change a thing.
I took part in the GED program and was quite satisfied. I haven’t taken the test yet, but I have very high hopes of passing.
Gained immense knowledge from lectures and treatment plan.
It is very spiritual and I needed the experience.
The care and concern by my counselor and supporting staff shows the love that I didn’t know existed.
Staff is unbelievable, saved my life.
The goals I have reached and the new ones I’ve developed while being here are something of a life changer for me in my future.
I was pleasantly surprised by the existence of the Coffee House. Music is a central and meditative part of my life. The ability to perform for my new brothers here and the staff was unexpected and made this an incredible journey.
I would have nothing if it wasn’t for SCI.
Great people, caring and responsive.
I would like to tell you how thankful I am to you for having this family program available. I want to say thank you for giving me exactly what I needed.
The experience of being here and becoming a member of the Brothers Christopher fraternity has changed my life. Being in the Friars house was a blessing. Their generosity gave me knowledge I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Thank you for the privilege I was given to stay here in your house. God bless you all. I will always keep a piece of St. Christopher’s Inn in my heart.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the hot meals, warm bed and unconditional love you so easily gave to me. I know if it were not for you, I would truly still be a lost soul.
The road to recovery is called Franciscan Way, and the door to happiness lies within the walls of St. Christopher’s Inn.
I never thought someone could care for a drug addict like me. You have shown me that I am worth something. May God bless you a million times.
Thank you for welcoming me in to your home, and granting me a scholarship for treatment. There’s not enough “thank-yous” I could say, so I’m going to show you by staying clean and living a peaceful sober life.
I want to thank you for everything—from my stay here to working in the Thrift Shop. I am so grateful for St. Christopher’s Inn and every staff member that represents this fantastic organization.
I was amazed by the unbelievable generosity of everyone at our Christmas party. A nice scarf and a collared shirt—I have been through hundreds in my life but I have never cared for any of them as I do for these. Thank you for giving me the best Christmas in many, many years.
I love this place. They have given me a place to sleep, food in my stomach, clothes on my back, and a chance at a first-class life. Recovery is here . . . all you have to do is want it!
Today, I am a sober man. I live an honest and simple life. I’m a reliable, employable productive member of society. I have dignity and self-worth and even self-love. All of these things are a direct result of the care and guidance given to me by the Friars and the staff at St. Christopher’s Inn. Some people call it a homeless shelter. I call it home.