Late April Regional Update
Willamette Valley Men’s Center
This month we had the privilege of going to Oregon State Prison on outreach. Our Education Coordinator, an intern, and two students all had an opportunity to share what the Lord has been doing in our lives. We were able to do a Stay Sharp panel and share a few testimonies. It was an amazing opportunity to not just speak into the lives of the prisoners but to have them speak into our lives as well.
Montana Women’s Center
The Missoula Campus celebrated Family Day on March 25, 2018.
“I hear the women’s stories when they first come in of how devastated they are because family members and/or friends are no longer talking to them. Everywhere I turned on Family Day, restoration was happening.” – Jane, staff member at Missoula Campus
“Family day was amazing! The last time I saw my family was when they dropped me off five months ago. Our center was full of everyone’s parents, siblings, and children. We played games, laughed, cried, and ate a Thanksgiving-worthy feast. We girls work so hard in this program and it is not easy. I’m so grateful our staff put family day together. It was a beautiful opportunity to show our families how much we’ve grown and changed. We all loved it and hope we can do it again!”- Kelenda B., student at Missoula Campus
“Family day was awesome!! I got to spend one on one time with my daughter and have my nephew at the center for the first time. He got to see his auntie Sara back, FINALLY!! Family day was filled with smiles and laughter. It is a firsthand look at what God is doing in our lives as well as our family members. The restoration you see is amazing! We become sisters here so it’s so great when we get to meet each other’s families.” – Sara B., student at Missoula Campus
Eugene Women’s Center
We have been through some leadership changes this quarter but we are working with a small but willing staff relying on strength from the Lord. Some of the students who have been through loss were able to join a Grief Share group at a local church which has been healing in the areas we’re not all familiar with. With the weather clearing up and turning into spring we have been able to give the ladies the opportunity to get out in God’s great creation through hikes, strolls and even working outside on yard work.
Our Bowl a Thon fundraiser raised over $11,000! It also gave our students the opportunity to have a day out. By reaching out to gain pledges, they were also able to share their testimonies on what Christ has done!
At the center we are making plans to utilize our volunteers and plant a year round garden. Our goal is not just to provide fresh vegetables for ourselves, but also to use them as a gift and relationship builder with our neighbors. We’ve also revamped our guest chapels to include new speakers and worship nights.
Central Oregon Men’s Center
We’ve worked hard to improve the culture and attitude of our center, in turn greatly improving retention. This last summer we hit a low of seven students for our twenty bed capacity. Now we are at eighteen students in the program with two interns as well as two Phase Five students living in the apartments next door.
Phase Five provides additional assistance in education, transitional housing, and securing job skills; Basically tripling the amount of men we are discipling. This improvement is in part to our staff members having intentional conversations during the crucial two week orientation period.
On top of scheduled devotions we have students volunteering to lead an optional bible study at night. It truly is a joy to see students pursuing Jesus in their free time. It is truly a blessing to grow alongside these men every day.
Graham Women’s Center
Theresa came to our center from Alaska. Her mom was murdered when she was just 11 years old. She quickly found herself in the midst of a drug and alcohol addiction. Her step mom and dad suggested that she try Adult and Teen Challenge. She has successfully completed our 12 month program and is now in our re-entry program called phases five. Phase five provides additional assistance in education, transitional housing, and securing job skills. Theresa is doing wonderful and is currently working at Safeway.
Tri Cities Men’s Center
The 2018 Spring Banquet will be held on April 27, 2018 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. This year’s presentation will center on our mission of putting hope within. It is going to be an amazing night and a celebration of changed lives and men being set free from addiction here in the Tri Cities area!
The silent auction will return this year and we are anticipating even more great items than before!
The Spring Banquet is our single biggest fundraiser and ministry celebration each year! If you want to get to know the ministry of Adult & Teen Challenge, enjoy a great evening and support changed lives, this is a great opportunity to do so! Your attendance at this event is a partnership to put hope within reach of every addict!
For tickets and information, CLICK HERE
Portland Men’s Center
Here are some exciting new developments happening at our Portland Men’s campus!
We have a new Director!
Terry VanAntwerp has taken over leadership of the Portland Men’s campus. This is not Terry’s first tenure as a Director for Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge as previously he served as Director for the Center Oregon Men’s campus during its developmental years. He feels honored to be back serving within the walls of Teen Challenge and is very excited about the direction the Lord is leading.
We have a new facility and ministry team!
Here at the Portland men’s campus, there have been many changes since Terry’s arrival. Not only have they hired a completely new staff, but the Lord has given them a new location to start this new chapter of this ministry! We will be highlighting our new team in the upcoming updates.
We are pleased to announce that the ministry has moved to a small country town just outside the city limits. The new location is located in Estacada, which is approximately 20 miles from our Thrift store on 82nd avenue. The Lord has provided a beautiful former assisted living facility. This name of this facility was the Grace Place. It offered 30 rooms to those needing assistance for living.
We are very fond of the facilities’ name and our students and staff have commented that we need to keep it. We believe the Lord, in His divine providence, set that name in place knowing that we would soon be coming. In our opinion, every Teen Challenge program is a Grace Place!
Currently, they are operating in the new location. It has been a huge undertaking but God has guided and protected them during this process. The students have been very diligent to make this transition and they are very excited about their new residence.
They intend on having an open house in June. We would like to invite you all to come and see the new facility and learn about the vision God has placed on this ministry. We will be sending out an update on their progress and the date of the open house very soon.