Teen Challenge, an international faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that has been around for decades and is in over 90 countries, is now reaching a population they say is in need of their help.
With the help of Casa Refugio, a mission house in the south side of Bethlehem, Teen Challenge will now be able to extend its program to the Hispanic population.
President and Executive Director, Joseph Batluck says people will “Enter the program through Casa Refugio in Bethlehem and they will spend about 4 months there.....Then after about 4 months they'll come up here where we will introduce them to the reinforcement part of the program where as well as give them an opportunity to learn English some and work on their GED if they don't have a GED.”
The last 10 months of the 14 month program will take place on what the organization calls “God's Mountain” located in Berks County near Reading.
The program is similar to the 12-step program and includes bible study and community service.
For recent graduate Tim Worrell, it's been a life-changing experience.
“I've done two separate rehabs, I tried taking my life once, I was in a psych hospital for a short period of time so yeah I did try other things and they just didn't work” said Worrell.
However Worrell says Teen Challenge has been “really the most fulfilling thing I think I've ever done in my life and I would rather be nowhere else.”
For more information on the new partnership you can call Casa Refugio directly at 610-868-3188. Or visit Teen Challenge by clicking here.