Don’t let our name fool you. Because we take in residents way beyond teenage years (18+), and many centers such as ours have been developed exclusively for both men and women.
During their 12-month stay, residents live on our beautiful 7-acre campus located in downtown Chattanooga, TN. Situated at the foot of Lookout Mountain, our campus features a series of newly constructed buildings, including a new Multipurpose Building, Men’s Residence, Woman’s Residence and an Vocational Center Building.
Residents follow strict rules and disciplines, but in an environment of Christian loving-kindness. Although you don’t have to be a Christian to enter our program, we do however challenge our residents to embrace the Christian faith and when they do, that is when their lives are transformed and they find true meaning and purpose.
When a resident enters our program they are assigned to a counselor. This counselor is there to help them along as they battle the difficult challenges they face. Our programs have been developed to encourage our residents to cope with everyday life issues.
Residents typically rise early and have little free time, due to a busy schedule starting at 6:30am for wakeup, tidying room, breakfast, devotions and then classes starting at 9am.
Why is the Program so Long?
It’s been said that “repetition is the mother of mastery and skill”. Overcoming life-controlling sins isn’t an overnight job; it requires repeated exposure to spiritual truths and surroundings. In fact, 12 months is just a start – God continues to work on us all our lives! The success of our faith based program far surpasses those of similar secular programs. Studies show that over 86% of those who have been graduated and living on their own over five years are “clean”. The major difference is the “life changing teachings” and learning to live a new life in Christ.
During their 12-month stay, residents will complete 4 phases:
First 30 Days – Critical Care
Goals – Establish a treatment plan, become physically healthy, mentally alert, establish a routine, understand rules and boundaries. Feel safe.
Months 2 – 5, Introduction/Evangelism
Goals – Identify the root of their issues; identify worth and Purpose; respectful to others; positive outlook toward future; healthier self-esteem, trust authority figures. Complete Forgiveness and Anger classes, Recognize how to apply God’s Word to life; have a sincere desire to change their lifestyle.
Months 6 – 9, Character Application/Discipleship
Goals – Complete relationship classes, marriage, family etc. Complete Steps to Freedom, Christ Life Series. Display attitude of gratitude and honesty; mentoring new students; Confident in sharing life testimony, repair damaged family relationships; Christian standards applied to all areas of their life; Join Outreach Team; ready to seek employment.
Months 10 – 12, Life Skills
Goals – Complete budgeting classes, prepare resume’, find employment; find accountability partner, join a church, create a “Re-entry Back to Family” Plan. No longer dependent on Teen Challenge. Healthy, physically healed, spiritually alive; no longer a drain on the court system. Cut old ties, restored family relationships. No longer addicted to drugs/alcohol. Walking out a new life in Christ.