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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Crowd Of 100 Hear Success Stories From Teen Challenge Participants


Potter County Committee Explores Teen Challenge
In an effort to introduce more resources to help with the growing number of problems of drug and alcohol addictions, the Potter County Area Committee for Teen Challenge hosted a presentation by Teen Challenge of Western New York on June 23rd at 7pm at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.

Teen Challenge is a faith-based, residential treatment program for adults suffering with a drug or alcohol addiction.

The crowd of over 100 listened as participants in the program described their journey on the destructive path of addiction and their subsequent turn toward a “new life.”

The Teen Challenge choir sang and then spent time talking to those in attendance while enjoying assorted desserts.


One man from an upper middle class background stressed that addictions are not discriminatory. “No one is immune, rich or poor, young or old, those from good families, those from dysfunctional homes.” He watched a quarter of a million dollars go through his hands, spent a few years in prison, and then returned to drugs. Now he is experiencing and learning God's love through this program, and it is making the defining difference.

Teen Challenge of WNY is located in Buffalo, NY. Kurt Tarkington is the Director of this region that offers: residential care in a safe environment, individual and group counseling, work projects, structure and discipline, change in lifestye, multi-phased discipleship training, prevention programs, individual or group studies, and a caring staff and volunteers. (see www.tcwny.org).

Dr. Joe Batluck, President and Executive Director of Teen Challenge Training Center, Inc. of Rehrersburg, PA described the program in detail. He is a retired Colonel and Chaplain in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Batluck gave the mission statement of Teen Challenge:
To help individuals with life-controlling issues have a life-changing experience through the application of biblical principles preparing them for sevice in the local church and community.

Teen Challenge is resource for those needing long-term, affordable, residential help with an addiction.

Members of the Teen Challenge Committee are working toward a treatment center in Potter County.

Members include Fern Burdick (Northern Tier Children's Home), Philip Vaughn (First Citizens National Bank), Sue Williams (Genesee Township Secretary), Bonnie French (Harrison Valley Township Secretary), Andy Watson (District Attorney), Susan Kefover (Commissioner), Melissa Gee (Director of Mental Health), Kevin Dusenbury (Coroner), Judy Sullivan (Tioga County Jail Ministry), Patti Bowman (Former Aide to Senator Rick Santorum), Rev. Connie Hubbard (Myrtle Gospel Tablernacle), Rev. Don Busch (Riverside Methodist Church Roulette and Fishing Creek), Julie Chitester (Secretary Gospel Taberacle), and Bill Orzechowski.

27 comments :

Anonymous said...

more resources are always a benefit when it comes to helping someone overcome an addiction. what works for some doesn't work for others and it's nice to see Potter County opens it's doors to all kinds of treatment.

Anonymous said...

Where are the medically qualified and addiction treatment specialists, let alone the agnostics, Jews and others? This is a stacked deck with a clear mission to promote Christianity and to recruit new members to prescribe to that faith through an official sanction of one religion. Get the government out of it and perhaps it has some merit.

Anonymous said...

Poster 7:26pm

You got a better idea?

Anonymous said...

No 7:26, it's not "to prescribe to that faith" at all. It is to become involved with that ORGANIZATION. There is a huge difference. Do not attempt to draw my particular denomination into this project because it is a business operated by one particular organization, rather than by "Christians." Do your research and you will understand why Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, CMA, Episcopals, Baptists and others are not on board with this. It is a project of the Assemblies of God.

Anonymous said...

Wikipedia has a good explanation of Teen Challenge. Unbiased, factual and very interesting. If you wish to convert people who are suffering from addiction or engaged in prostitution or homosexuality into converts to the Assemblies of God, then this is a program for you.

Anonymous said...

Why would we need the message of David Wilkerson & Teen Challange here?
We do a fine job at turning our Potter County youth around from drugs, violence, addictions, child molestation, pornography, pregnant teenagers with "fiance" and what not.

We can always throw a little more tax money at it if we need to.

Potter County -Intact & Functional Family Country.

Anonymous said...

Define "we."
We as a society of churches, families, community volunteers, etc. -- fine.
But keep the tax dollars out of it. Assemblies of God is already doing just fine without having to generate revenue from us.

Anonymous said...

To poster 1:17. If you truly believe that we are doing a "fine" job of rehabilitating our young from drugs, etc. you have your head in the sand. Potter County definately NEEDS Teen Challenge.

Bobby said...

there is no converting to any particular denomination in this program. I have had family go through this program and they are doing well and maintained their beliefs. This program is supported because it has a good success rate. Better than the alternatives offered here.

Anonymous said...

So take a good hard look at that picture posted then ask yourself why their expressions are all so glum. Then ask yourself about their "uniforms". The biggest red flag for me is quoted from the article written here: " life-changing experience through the application of biblical principles preparing them for sevice in the local church and community." Again, this is definitely not for everyone. I say it is for the select few Evangelicals who want to spend the rest of their lives paying back to the Gospel Church instead of discovering just what a unique idividual they themselves can be. Let's leave the rehab up to the REAL qualified professionals. This is NOT something that any part of our local government should be promoting. If you support is as a local citizen that is your choice. And finally, a Higher Power, (whatever YOU choose)should be an individual journey...one that is respected by ALL AA groups.

Anonymous said...

What is the Tabernacle going to do, send drug and alcohol abuse victims off to Florida to their own facility, as they do their OWN? Bet this won't get printed but it is true and if you do a little checking, you will find the truth. They are pretty good at touting their religion and how wonderful that church is but they have a lot of messed up people going there and that is the ones that they "prey" on. We already have a drug and alcohol program in place and they are doing a fine job. If the Tabernacle wants to have this group there, fine. Just make an announcement at chruch for your congregation and keep it in your church. Why else would you want to go public, except to try to con other unfortunates into your fold? Like I said, I doubt that this will be posted on here but I have it printed out and just may submit it to the local newspaper.

Anonymous said...

ahhh...potter county...the land of church, fireman, policeman, and teacher bashing......

Anonymous said...

It's a shame that nobody from Potter County Probation is on this committee. They enforce, but it would be nice to see them help support, and send a message to the youth as well. Nobody from the court besides Andy? Nobody from the Jail? Guess helping people out would hurt their business - SAD!!

Anonymous said...

My goodness?!

Alternative

Choice

I've read those words several times with regards to this program so I guess that's why it's so very confusing when people protest something that anothers choice.

If you don't want a Christian treatment program, then, ah, wait for it, wait for it:


DON'T GOT TO IT

Anonymous said...

To 12:13. Why don't you see them on this committee? Because they already HAVE a committee. Why have two? It's like the chruch is saying they arent' doing their job. Drug and Alcohol Abuse, that is.

Anonymous said...

I stand corrected. Mine did get printed. Thank you Jim. Glad to see both sides of a story for a change.

Anonymous said...

Wow... talk about ignorance. Teen Challenge is affiliated with the Assemblies of God... not the G Tab.

The program may not be for everyone but if it has the ability to change one life I am all for it. I have had a lot of great experience with the Teen Challenge organization and would recommend it to anyone with a substance abuse problem. I know a few people that have gone through TC and most of them responsible contributors to society now. I would ask that people who are knocking the program to keep an open mind, like you often request Christians to do.

Bobby said...

11.01 You are an idiot! The program in Sarasota is city and county recognized and is very successful.
If you needed to send someone in need somewhere it would be there.
They have received many awards(govt) for really making a difference in many lives. What is your problem with Biblical and moral values like honesty, decency and self sufficency. Get over the Gospel Tabernacle its old news.

Phillip Vaughn said...

I hestitate to respond to comments that are made without knowledge and understanding of Teen Challenge but, as a Committee member, I feel I must. I would dare say none of the negative comments were submitted by attendees.
The 'glum' expressions are due to the seriousness of the matter that was being presented. Each one, when expressing how they have been set free from the bondage of alcohol and drugs, literally beamed from ear to ear. You could not know that unless you were there to hear their stories. Each one is so thankful for what Teen Challenge has done for them that they are proud to wear the shirts bearing Teen Challenge's name. Each one has felt the burden of guilt and despondency lifted and they have been given a new 'lease on life' so to speak.
Also, this program was not sponsored or organized by any one church. Thankfully, Gospel Tabernacle offered their facilities and even provided the refreshments for the public. We, as a committee, gratefully accepted their kind offer of hospitality.
We make no apology that the remedy offered for life's problems is through a new life in Christ.
The One who bled and died for us all so we could be set free is none other than our Creator, Himself.
The Apostle Paul said "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes..."
Also, we need to mention that in addition to the general public that was invited, attorneys, law enforcement, Human Services, and the judical system were all represented because we are all looking for solutions to the problems of crime in our communities.
A very large percentages of all police reports are at least indirectly tied to drug and/or alcohol abuse.
If others want to promote another solution they would be more than welcome.

Anonymous said...

For another point of view, see
www.teenchallengeexposed.com

Anonymous said...

Any way you ant to twist it. I am not an idiot but the one who called me that IS.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Vaughn:
I am of the Jewish faith. Out of respect for all faiths, I would not want the government "taking sides" with my faith and using public funds to steer individuals to any Jewish-sponsored rehabilitation facilities or indoctrination into the Jewish faith. I do not see that as the place of government.
Would you not afford me the same respect?
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

6:23,

How does one confuse public funds with private funds, over and over again?!

Please, once again, let's go over this:

Attending this program is by personal choice. It's not ordered by a Court, by our local government, or by and Church.

Please, ask for respect of all faiths after you are informed correctly...

Anonymous said...

Well if the Court, the DA and the Public Defender, the Mental Health Chief and the Commissioners or one of them encourage this and endorse it, would you not call that support? I do not mean in their church or personal lives, I mean in their official actions as county officials.

Anonymous said...

Ask yourself this question.... What program has gotten more people sober in the history of drug and alcohol additction... It`s not this program by a long shot !!

Anonymous said...

No government money is ever spent on this program. Funds to run this program come primarily from donations. This program is offered as an alternative. No government official can ever send someone to Teen Challenge. It is a choice made by the person himself.
Teen Challenge charges $750 for the 14 month residential program which must be paid by the person or someone sponsoring that person. Most other programs would cost in excess of $20,000.
Again, the government cannot send anyone to the program, nor does the government fund the program.
This is a completely voluntary program that is very successful, funded primarily by donations.
If those in official office endorse it, it is because #1. it is very successful and #2. it saves the taxpayers money, but they cannot force anyone to participate nor can they fund it.
Sounds like wisdom to me (and many, many others.)
Those that oppose it are certainly welcome to have their tax dollars used for other solutions.

Anonymous said...

Well said 8:50 AM, I was there as a layman & agree.