We plan to break ground in late spring on our new 15,000 square foot 3-story building. Half of this facility will house 30-60 day short-term residents. It is our intention to help any and all men who wish to transform their lives. You may ask, “Why short-term?”
We have found that a hindrance for many is committing to a long-term (15-month) program. With the greatly heightened amount of opiates and heroin cut with fentanyl deaths, there is a critical need for intervention. The short- term residents will intermingle with those who are in our long-term program. They will be able to attend chapel services, eat meals, receive group counseling as well as spend recreational time together. We believe that when they see the transformation in our long-term residents’ lives and their restoration with their families, at least 50 percent of the short-term residents will be encouraged to want the same.
We are trusting God that once again all the funds needed for this project will be raised. Please join us in prayer as Teen Challenge Brockton’s leadership embarks on its next step in the War against Addiction.
My name is Jason. I grew up in a small town in Rhode Island with my mother and grandparents. I had an awesome childhood – big yard, nice house, and I was loved by them. I saw my biological father three times around town but he never recognized me. When my grandmother passed away from cirrhosis our whole lives changed. My mother and I moved into an apartment. She worked two jobs to keep us afloat but struggled to pay rent and utilities. Depression became a constant my whole life.
I began drinking when I was fifteen. It made me feel comfortable and I fit in with an older crowd. Sports and the drama club kept me busy through school – I was a lead actor in college – but the drinking was always there.
Everybody expected me to do something amazing but my dependence on alcohol always brought me back to square one.
I was in and out of detox, sober houses, and short term programs – eight in all. AA helped, but throughout I lost my job, my wife, my house.
As time went by, sobriety got shorter and relapses got worse. After my third DUI, the second in three days, I went to jail for a month. Jail didn’t fit me – I knew I was meant for more – and I was fed up.
I encountered the church in my attempts to get sober, and when I got out of jail my pastor told me about Teen Challenge.
After all the programs and all the detoxes, Teen Challenge seemed like my last chance.
I believe it was divine intervention. God was patient for me to meet Him.
I am surrendered to God now since coming through these doors. God has a plan and I trust in Him to do what He wills through the breath He gives me. Because of my struggle, I have a passion for working in recovery. I will wait on the word from Him, but I hope to help people like me find recovery – and salvation. No one is too far gone for God.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”