Trees of Hope: Mn Adult and Teen Challenge Brings Hope

Mn Adult and Teen Challenge helps so many in recovery. Mn Adult and Teen Challenge helps so many in recovery. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

December 14, 2017 07:15 AM

Dressed in black pants and white shirts, the men in the Teen Challenge choir look sharp. And they sound so inspired. That's because they are in a transition period, from addicted to revived and recovered.

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Luther Brown knows full well how it all works. He's a 2010 Teen Challenge grad, and used to sing in that choir, when he was in the long-term treatment.

"It saved my life. I think it's so successful because every man connects with God, and also with eachother. And now, my best friend is as Teen Challenge grad. He calls me every day," Luther said.

Brandon Torgerson, the interim center director, is proud of his staff. "We've got such a great group of people."

Staff like Cara Keinanen, who coordinates the aftercare for the men. "We don't want to leave them hanging, after their treatment is done. We want them to know the resources and people out there, and help them develop new habits, so they don't end up where they were."

But even if that happens, they have an outpatient treatment program too, to get back on track. Women are also part of the outpatient program.

Luther said he takes it one day at a time. "I'm not fully recovered. I'm still an alcoholic. But I'm sober today. And it's all about one day at a time."

MN Adult and Teen Challenge is our third Trees of Hope organization that we're featuring this holiday season. The campaign is a partnership between HOM Furniture and WDIO/WIRT.  You can help the Teen Challenge folks continue their work in helping people down the road of recovery.


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