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September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

I was a counselor for Teen Challenge and saw first-hand the great need. Most of the clients served did not have the ability to pay or donate toward their services. Teen Challenge ALWAYS ministered and would try to find a way to meet clients' needs regardless of their circumstances. This is a worthy cause because it makes a difference in families, the community and God's kingdom. Many of the clients served were teenagers from surrounding communities who were struggling to make good choices and go against peer and community pressure to take the easy road with drugs and alcohol.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted through changed lives delivered from drug use and life-controlling issues.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Appropriate more funds and create larger resource pools that would provide more staff, resources, and space.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with the dedicated individuals who really have a heart to serve individuals and make a difference in the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely outstanding and some of the hardest-working and most dedicated to caring for clients' needs that I have ever met.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Minister to more individuals and take on more staff to care for clients and help clients get in programs nationally that did not have the funds to do so. With revenue, practical needs for this service could be met and allow more individuals to be served.

Ways to make it better...

there had been enough funds to help more people and everyone could be helped when they first approached for services instead of long waiting times due to shortfalls in budget and space.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of finances which are only met through donations which are at times very unreliable.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Clients receive the utmost care and concern and would not find better treatment anywhere that I am aware of without having great insurance or financial support allowing for good care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

At first as a volunteer I spent every other weekend at the crisis center. On Saturdays we would have free time, bible study, writing in journals, reading, talking, crying. I took the ladies to church on Sunday. This was my first experience doing volunteer work of this kind. Spending time with the women that came through the center was a blessing. A blessing that I had not expected. The Teen Challenge staff became my second family after my church family. I was doubly blessed! As a volunteer now I help where needed. It may be to take the ladies to church, helping teach bible study or helping with fund raisers. My church has become involved with Teen Challenge by offering manual labor and financial support. Praise the Lord for Teen Challenge!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

men and women that have the heart to serve, to encourage, to love and help women that are at such a critical time in their lives. A time that they are in such pain and reaching out desperately for help and a way to have dreams and a future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

I first learned of TC when my son needed help. The team there received us with compassion and love. I was touched deeply. They are the Real Deal. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with some of their office equipment.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, loving, professional.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 28, 2009

We have been to several Teen Challenge Banquets....the work they do is wonderful and they changes they bring to lives is amazing. Keep up the hard work!!! Love & Prayers. Renea

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the lives it changes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very warm and genuine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change Tennessee then change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 28, 2009

While working with I found them to be well organized and that they spend their money wisely. I did some research on their drug rehab program, and found that the University of Tennessee did a study that showed they have around an eighty si x percent success rate. I have heard other studies give them an even higher rate of success. Money donated here is money well spent.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Those I have met there were truly concerned about the people who are going through the program there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 28, 2009

I have helped out cleaning the houses used for the women that Teen Challenge of East Tennessee has helped get off the streets. My family and I try to help park cars for the fair each year. We have also helped get the news letter together and ready to mail out. Teen Challenge of East Tennessee has helped so many people out and it is a great Organization and there is a great need for them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great feeling of satisfaction I get from helping others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very nice and helpful, very careing and warm hearted.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many more people and change so many lives for the better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 26, 2009

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September 26, 2009

I have been a volunteer at Teen Challenge for many years. The past several years I have given my time to help cater banquets and ministry events. During these events I have seen men and women who have lost all hope find hope once again through the message of Jesus Christ that Teen Challenge offers them. Teen Challenge offers free counseling to anyone in need and residential referrals to men and women for long-term care for drug and alcohol addiction. The most recent and awesome undertaking of Teen Challenge of East Tennessee is the opening of the Ladies Crisis Center. During minstry events I have seen women in need be able to escape from an addicted and controlled lifestyle and enter into a place of safety and deliverance. What an awesome ministry!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing broken lives renewed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and caring. They care not only for the needs of people, but care for the life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

house men, women and children with addiction problems.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 26, 2009

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September 26, 2009

I was a volunteer for TC of ET back in 04. When I started volunteering, I just wanted to give something of myself. I didnt know what a blessing would come to me. WHile working there, I KNEW about David Wilkersons work, because he led ME to Jesus in a Church revival in my hometown. I KNEW about the MOVIE The Cross and the Switchblade, but I DIDNT know about the BOOK that came before the movie. While I was volunteering there in ET, the other volunteers that had spent years more there before me, told me about the book, The Cross and the Switchblade! WHATTA BOOK. Its the FIRST BOOK in Mission Work, as far as I am concerned! WHile there, I read the book, and Pastor Wilkerson states in it, that the major problems of gangs are loneliness, and hatred. This was KEY to ME, because, the summer before, I was in Honduras on a mission trip with my Church, and went back for 4 more weeks to minister, because I met a lady whose daughter was MUREDERRED by a gang member, and left HER with a polio victim 5-yr-old girl to raise, on just 2 DOLLARS a DAY income! I SOMEHOW want to get the WORD out. THERE IS hope for kids thrown out in the streets because the parents cannot afford to feed them. God is revealed slowly, and the blessing to do it turns as slow, I am convinced! Then this one day while in the office, while answerring the phone for Barbara, a schizophrenic man calls. The call helped set my feet in missions and inspired me greatly. The man called many times a week to try to talk to Barbara for counseling. This one day, she was too busy, and asked me to tell him to call the next Monday (it was a Friday). So, I saw a possible oppurtunity to minister to him, possibly. I would try. I begin telling him that Barbara was busy and that she would like him to call again on Monday. He said ok, politely, with a quiverring voice. I asked him, why he needed counsel. He said that he was a schizophrenic, and that his dad had raped him as a boy. A while back, long before I started mission work, I learned that 90% of all mental illness comes from unforgiveness, and here I had an oppurtunity. I asked the man, Have you forgiven your dad? You could have guessed he would of said no, as he did. If PEOPLE that are NOT in bad situations could give ONE KIND THING in just VOLUNTEERING for Teen Challenge, they might help change the world in a corner of the Earth for the better! Its so simple, and so scary to do, but just takes ONE STEP FORWARD to send someone on the road to Jesus, and recovery.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Counseling, and being counseled to!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldnt have more than one other of one family member volunteering there. It really makes it confusing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The daily positive WORD being fed me! EVERY SINGLE DAY!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

A blessing in the Lord! On EVERY CORNER! The Pastors I met, the volunteers, it was a blessed BLESSED experience!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy every house on the block where thay are to convert all into ONE, and make things a little simpler to operate!

Ways to make it better...

Basically, I needed to be in a MENS TC to be perfectly comfortable. I was volunteering for a Womens Center.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Making the center big enough to help all the women that really NEED it!

One thing I'd also say is that...

God bless Barbara for allowing a man in to volunteer at a Womens Center!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

September 25, 2009

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September 25, 2009

Before becoming a missionary in Leon, Nicaragua I volunteered with Teen Challenge, helping in whatever area they needed. Clowning, parking cars, etc. I have personally seen lives changed through the Truth of Jesus Christ through Teen Challenge of East Tennessee. This year I actually meet a Nicaraguan in Nicaragua that went through the Teen Challenge program in Pennsylvania, so I know that it works even around the world. The man now owns his own workout gym in Leon Nicaragua.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

lives changed, reaching out to the hurting, door to door visitation.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

ministries and churches working together side by side without conflict

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always honest and friendly,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open a full time teen challenge center in Knoxville to reach more hurting people and empower them for a better way of life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 25, 2009

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September 25, 2009

I have been acquainted with Teen Challenge almost twenty years....I have seen countless friends, family and neighbors benefit from what they do for all the people of East Tennessee. They consult the Word of God and never deviate, always standing firm and have great success. I give my time, money and prayers to Teen Challenge because I have seen it truly works.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

to see the benefits manifested in the community. Seeing the growth and expanding areas succeed so very much.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceed all expectation and show the love of Christ.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build larger intake center and residential housing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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