Tuesday, September 28, 2010
On 156 West School House Lane in Germantown sits a nondescript house that bares the name Teen Challenge on it’s front. Initially one might think that it’s a summer camp for local teens, but in reality Teen Challenge is a faith based rehabilitation program that has existed since the 1950s.
The School House Lane house itself is a male only facility, with the women’s facility at 329 E Wister St.
“The program itself has a 75 percent success rate. We focus on the spiritual side of drug and alcohol abuse, we really think that these addictions have a spiritual base. It’s not about drugs and alcohol, it’s about improving life,” said Tomika Vines, who oversees development and public relations for Teen Challenge Philadelphia. Vines herself is a graduate of the program who stayed with Teen Challenge as a staff member in their extended training program.
The 14 month men’s program begins with the induction phase, which focuses on removing people from their addictive surroundings. Once there they focus on prayer while Teen Challenge has the inductees work in a work therapy program within the Germantown area. After that, they go to the Rehrersburg facility in Central Pennsylvania for the second part of the program. That location has less supervision than the Germantown facility and is a step closer to
“Even when this trial is over there’s always something else” Vines says of the program. Although she later added “I could never take another job. Even though I’m making minimum wage I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
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