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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
I have volunteered at Teen Challenge of East Tennessee for 7 years now and have seen countless lives changed from men to women teens and even married couples. I know God is at work here and He is changing lives everyday. The community knows Teen Challenge is their for them and they understand what benifits an organazation like Teen Challenge can offer them. It Works and I am proud to say I met my wife who works for Teen Challenge therre years ago now. She comes home and shares with me about how God is changing the lives of the women who come seeking help and what a diffrence Teen Challenge makes in our great city.
The experience was very rewarding. It's good knowing that your involved in not just a worthy cause but also something that is God birthed. I have been friends with many of the volunteers and staff of this fine ministry. These Ladies are not just cause driven, but their passion is compassion. In the darken lives that people can find themselves in, it good to know their is a light that shines and reaches into the very atmosphere in which they live.