Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Expanding Space

Updated: July 03, 2019 06:21 PM

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in Duluth continues to see strong need for their services. They've been operating at capacity for the past year, with a waiting list, as they offer long-term, short-term, and outpatient help for people who are dealing with addiction issues.


And they are going to have more space to help those who need it. They have purchased a 17,000 square foot apartment building next to their current space on E 2nd Street. It will increase the number of beds from 54 to 62, and eventually 70, and expand the current common areas and visiting space. Through construction, the buildings will be connected. And construction will this summer.

"I think the overall experience, from the staff placement, to where clients live, is going to improve drastically," Brandon Torgerson explained. He's the Center Director for the Northland campus.

It means instead of 6 men to a room, there will be 2. And the current rooms they live in, will be turned into common areas, like a rec room and gym area. Plus, in the lower level of the new building, the licensed staff will have offices. Right now, they are in a different location entirely.

A $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Power Foundation will help them renovate the apartment building. 

"The Northland campus is grateful for the partnership and financial support from the Minnesota Power Foundation," Torgerson said. "With this grant, we will be able to help even more people find freedom from addiction."

Volunteers are already helping do the light demolition and other work, like refinishing the hardwood floors. The expectation is to be in the new building by next summer.

They are still looking for more donations to finish the renovations.

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