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Minnesota Adult Teen Challenge celebrates new campus renovations

Created: April 21, 2021 10:36 PM

On Wednesday the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge celebrated their completed renovations on their Northland campus in Duluth.

This update allowed them to increase their capacity by 15 percent to now accommodate 62 clients at a time.

The Adult and Teen Challenge helps people gain freedom from chemical dependency and other life problems they face. 

The $2 million dollar project included improvements like new windows, re-furbished hardwood floors and new laundry room equipment. 

The Center Director Brandon Torgerson says the staff and clients are excited to help add the new improvements.

"We’ve been downtown here for 15 years and this is by far the most exciting day we've ever had,” said Brandon Torgerson. “The excitement down here is just incredible. Staff and clients are pumped and everyone is pitching in. It's a lot of work today but it's nice to see the whole team come together for our clients because they deserve it."

The biggest improvements to the century-old Chatham Building is restructuring the way the apartments are spaced out. Now their clients will live in either three, two or single bedroom apartments. 

One of their clients says this expansion for new clients is life changing.

"Some of these guys, it's probably possible some never had their own room or a room with one other person, a living room or shared bathroom,” said client Christopher Hedblom. “So for some people it'll be something they've never experienced."

More renovations are to come however as they plan to expand their capacity again by around April of next year to have up to 72 clients.

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