Shreveport Teen Challenge is depending on the community to help it continue its mission of helping local men rid their lives of addiction.
The program can house up to 14 men in its home, located at 452 Stoner Avenue. The program consists of helping men with life-controlling problems so they can function as successful Christians in society. It uses biblical principles to alter the men's relationships with family, church, work and the community. It's for men ages 17 and up.
The Shreveport Teen Challenge is the first phase of the program. It lasts for four months. Then the men head to the Training Center in Dodson, LA for eight months for the second phase. They graduate 18 months after induction if they make it through the two phases, and re-enter society successfully. There is also a program in Minden for women.
There's a $785 induction fee, although no one is turned away because of lack of financial resources. Director Jonathan Ougel said it cost $1,600 per month to house one student. The organization held a Walk-A-Thon Saturday, hoping to raise $10,000.
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