Trees of Hope: Teen Challenge's mission

Ryan Juntti
Updated: December 18, 2020 09:15 PM
Created: December 11, 2020 05:00 PM

"Most of the clients that come in are pretty down and out," said Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Center Director for the Northland Campus in Duluth, Brandon Torgerson.

Torgerson has seen the emotional and physical toll addiction can have on someone.

"This is not their first program. They've been to many different programs. Most of the time shorter programs then they're finally at a stage in their addiction that they know they need more time," said Torgerson.

So when they come to Teen Challenge, Torgerson says the goal is to lift them by addressing their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.

"When they walk through the doors, they can find a warm, inviting environment of both clients and staff just excited to see them, take them in, and love them, meet them where they're at, and just encourage them in their journey of recovery," Torgerson said. "The potential in these individuals is so high it's not even funny. They're so talented and trustworthy. They've just made some poor choices," he added.

The Northland campus offers both a 90-day short-term and 13-month long-term program for men.

"In our short term program, it's 30 hours of programming per week, so they're in group 30 hours, so that's six hours a day for five days Monday through Friday... they're going to have three meals a day, they're gonna have some chores around here, they're going to have some rec time," Torgerson added. "In our long-term program, there's a little more down time, but they have classes like about spirituality, Christianity. Things like that that they're in," said Torgerson. 

And Torgerson says staff will be there every step of the way to encourage and guide the men in their recovery.

"We have a team of caring professionals that are really good at what they do, and they're just so eager to help people find freedom from addiction," said Torgerson.     


Ryan Juntti

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