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Teen Challenge of East Tennessee

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22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While serving as a volunteer with Teen Challenge for many years and I have only been blessed by the focus of this non-profit and how they utilize their volunteers to better lives in our community. If you are looking for a well run and organized group that supports the less fortunate in Knoxville, I would recommend Team Challenge of ET. I promise you will be blessed.

4

Client Served

Rating: 1

this teen challenge is the worse place, they work you like hebrew slaves, and they are all about the mighty dollar, sure they teach you about jesus, but they will not let anything interfere with there money making. they have "staff members" who talk about students, and they deem that as okay, because they are staff, i think its pretty sad when you and other ladies witness staff members talking about others, but the program director says sure it's okay they call it concern, but when students do the same thing they call it gossip, thats sad. its a program that teaches you to do as i say not as i do. they have more women leaving because of these things like that. they also have certain staff members who have nothing better to do than talk about other people, and they call that godly, huh! you can find that on the street.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a terrific organization. years ago I spent a full month helping them prepare for a charity auction. Everyone is very dedicated and they made it so easy for me to help them get ready for the auction. I would recommend this place to everybody!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a volunteer with Teen Challenge at the Women's Crisis Center for several years. I must admit that each time I am asked to volunteer, I'm a little reluctant to give up my "day off" activities. However, there is not one single time that I have gone that I haven't come home high on blessings. I cannot sing enough praises about the staff led by Barbara Mitchell; they are not only spiritual, but they actually care about the program. I know that Barbara leads by example and each of them give much more than is required to just "get the job done". Volunteering at the center has enabled me to get acquainted with the ladies going through the program and listen to their stories. This has left me with many memories - some heartbreaking, some horrendous, and some downright hilarious. I LOVE this organization and feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be a small part of this truly remarkable program.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am on a ministry team in women in jail. Teen Challenge is one of our best resources not only for rehabilitation but for programming, counseling, and literate. Barbara, Lou, and staff are very easy to work with and as we serve our population we can refer them to Teen Challenge with confidence - confidence in follow through, appropriate placement, and outcome. Barbara and usually a woman who has successfully completed the rehabilitation program go into the jail with us once a quarter. I is always one of the most inspiring and motiving sessions we have.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Teen Challenge for counseling and experienced first hand the tremendous love and support from the staff. Teen Challenge is a great resource for anyone who is struggling with peer pressure or is just looking for encouragement. The counselors at Teen Challenge really care about their clients and are committed to spreading the love of Jesus Christ.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Teen Challenge of East Tennessee provides a wonderful contribution to the city of Knoxville. They have long been a vital resource of hope for troubled individuals and families in the area. From counselling to temporary housing, they provide pratical help coupled with sincere loving care for problems ranging from substance and/or physical abuse to long term rehabilitaion of women who find themselves imprisoned for misdemeanor charges. I have a young daughter who has an on going problem with alcohol and may face a jail sentence in the future. I am extremely thankful for a place like Teen Challenge that can offer her more than a sentence behind bars and actually has the resources to help her successfully change her lifestyle. As a parent, I'm very impressed and relieved to know that there is a place like Teen Challenge available for families with young women who need help.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the Administrative Assistant of a local church I have had the privilege of knowing Barbara Mitchell and Teen Challenge of East TN. I can truly say that Barbara and the staff strive for excellence in all that they do. They have a heart for those in need in the Knoxville area. I have attended several events over the years like the Tent Meeting and Parade of Tables. This organization is worthy of praise. I have heard the testimonies of several ladies that have gone through this program and come out as strong citizens in their community, ready to serve and give back to others in need. I support Teen Challenge of East TN because of their integrity, commitment to excellence, and their proven record of changing lives for the positive. This organization should be commended for their impact in the Knoxville Community and the surrounding areas.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Teen Challenge is a real Christian based program for people in need. Not only are they helped physically and mentally with their problems but Teen Challenge works from the inside (spiritually) out to make sure that the demon of self destruction does not return. This organization serves anyone and everyone that has a need. The positive results are almost 100% if candidates will simply give theirselves to the program. Praise God for the hearts of the Teen Challenge team!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years I worked for the missions ministry of my church. Through our missions offering we support Teen Challenge. Each year we have an EXPO that host all the ministries that our church supports financially. It has been an honor to meet and support Barbara Mitchell and Teen Challenge. The work that they do in our community is amazing. They truly are making a difference and changing lives!! I believe in this program with all my heart and only wish we had more financially to give to this program so that it could meet the needs of more individuals in our community. Way to go Teen Challenge and Barbara! I continue to pray for you and your ministry!! May God Richly Bless You...as I know only He can!

1

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.