My name is Antoinette; I am 36 and I have five beautiful children. Growing up I moved around a lot and was tossed between different parents a few times a year. When I was six, I was sexually abused by a family member. By the age of 13, I was using drugs on a regular basis. By the time I was 21, I had three kids and was a full blown meth addict. Lost, broken, alone and spiritually dead, I came to the Home of Hope.
God has healed me tremendously in the past four months now that I’m sober. I have a conscience now, and I am learning to manage my emotions instead of numbing them. My whole way of thinking has changed, how I perceive not only myself but life in general is much better. God has restored my family, my freedom and my purity.
Right before I came to the Home of Hope, my husband filed for divorce, but since I’ve been here he has dismissed it! The CPS case that was against me is about to be closed! God has definitely restored my self-worth; He gave me a new name, “Worthy”, and I can honestly tell you today, I BELIEVE IT!
In my mid-twenties my lifestyle consisted of drugs, sex and rock and roll. When I tried crack cocaine, I started down a path which I didn’t realize would be the end of me. I gave up everything for that drug; my family, my job, my spirit, EVERYTHING!
One night, I was at a crack house when a man pulled a gun on me. He stole my truck, and shot five rounds into the drug house. That was when I realized I needed help. God provided Teen Challenge, a way for me to get a relationship with Jesus Christ. When I started this journey, Jesus had more of a plan for me than I ever thought possible. I ministered to the other guys in the program, and gave back through working at Teen Challenge.
After six years of serving God, I was blessed with a beautiful wife, a wonderful family, and ownership in an electrical company. All these things God has given me. The three things I learned are… to be humble, accept responsibility for your actions, and listen and act on God’s voice – this will never fail you.
“I would not be here today if it wasn’t for Teen Challenge.”
Eric was just 15 years old when he started using marijuana and cocaine. Trapped at such a young age by his drug use, eventually Eric began using meth and various other drugs. It’s no surprise that a life of crime and desperation followed. Feeling worried and afraid for Eric’s well-being, his family put him in the hospital. “I had completely lost my mind”, says Eric. So much of his life had been a battle with addiction that his body and mind were ready to give up. As soon as he left the hospital, Eric came to Teen Challenge…
It took a lot of hard work and determination for Eric to move forward. Through counseling, faith-based curriculum and consistent mentoring, Eric’s heart and mind began to transform. Today, Eric is happily married with two beautiful children. The journey he experienced at Teen Challenge has prepared him for the future.
I came to the Home of Hope after struggling with a heroin addiction for 10 years, I couldn’t see the other side. I don’t know that I believed there was one.
For several months, I fought the program. I almost left a few times, but in the end I surrendered the feeling and desired to not leave God. I allowed Him control over my life and my path. In time, I learned the truth about who I am, who He says I am.
I have been so blessed for “sticking it out”. My family has been restored, and my life has stability. I am a working, trusted and responsible person, and my life gets better and better every day.
His plans are far better than mine could have ever been. My desire to use drugs and seek out a lifestyle of chaos is gone. I only have God to thank for delivering me, and the Home of Hope for putting me on the path and guiding me towards a real relationship with God.
Now I am managing a business in Alaska, and I get to be a mom to my 2 wonderful sons. I get to participate in all of the fun stuff that I never had time for before. We are active, have hobbies, and enjoy spending time together as a family. And we love and praise God every day!
My name is Jason, I’m 44 years old. When I was twelve, after some hard experiences that I didn’t know how to cope with, I began smoking pot. I fell in love with a monster. Gradually as with all sin, it progressed until I had no control. I was using cocaine, LSD and any other drugs I could get that would keep me far from reality. My life was a mess and I was completely miserable. I had no hope, no future, and I could not be trusted.
My mom and aunt told me about a program called Teen Challenge. I was only too glad to go. I wanted to be rid of the life I was leading.
The first month or so was extremely difficult, and all I thought about was leaving. One day I was working in the kitchen, and had a very big chip on my shoulder. I was working with a 6’6″ tattooed biker who was also a student. He asked me to help with something and I exploded, cussing him out. As he began walking towards me I thought “Oh man, I’ve had it!” He backed me into a corner, wrapped his arms around me and said “Son, let it go.” I immediately broke down, and as the tears streamed down my cheeks, this unlikely individual ministered the Love of Christ to me.
Working through the program got easier and I began to learn scripture, how to pray, and formed relationships with others that would prove to be instrumental even years later. My life has had some fierce ups and downs, but God has always pulled me through.