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Addiction. The word itself can have many different meanings and invoke many different emotions. If someone you love suffers from addiction, it may mean pain and heartache. If you are in the midst of addiction, it could mean hopelessness and guilt. However you perceive the word and whatever emotions it may engage, freedom from addiction begins at Adult and Teen Challenge of Texas.
For 50 years, Teen Challenge has been putting hope within reach of every addict through their year-long, peer to peer, recovery through discipleship program. The ministry provides food, shelter and recovery services to over 100 residents and through the application of Biblical principles, Teen Challenge works to help people become mentally stable, emotionally balanced, well-adjusted socially, and spiritually alive. The program arrived in Texas in 1968 and their success rate five years after graduating the program is 70-86%! The majority of the staff members are graduates from a Teen Challenge program.
Teen Challenge is not funded by the government but instead, fully trusted in the providence of God to meet their financial needs. The ministry thrives from fundraising within the community and donations from generous sponsors. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program’s sources of regular operating support, such as an annual fundraising banquet and weekly fundraisers, have been cancelled. The organization is struggling to meet its operating budget. Staff are working around the clock to keep doors open for the individuals living on campus while responding to the higher volume of admissions calls.
Johnnie P, a sixth month student in the program, says that before he came to Teen Challenge, he was living a life of promiscuity and drug abuse. God’s reckless love called him to this campus where he has established a prayer life and God has healed the land of his soul.
Teen Challenge emphasizes transformation over treatment. We believe many can get behind that. We are hopeful that you would pray, seek God and respond to help so we can continue to keep our doors open and provide affordable care to any person seeking liberation from life controlling habits. Teen Challenge has started a donation based crowd fundraiser on Facebook to promote awareness of our organization during this time of uncertainty. We are currently raising funds for women with children, which will become a prime community resource allowing mothers who are struggling with addiction, abuse, and homelessness to come into treatment without the need to abandon their children. In addition to this new home, we are also hoping to finance the completion of our campus chapel, which would give the residents a place to study the Word and worship our Lord without having to leave the safety of the campus.
You can help us continue to transform lives by participating in our Facebook fundraiser. Simply visit @AdultTeenChallengeTX to give or receive more information. If you are interested in donating to the campus please contact Anthony Simpkins at (210) 319-1316.