Teen Challenge Exposed!
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“It's all about the money”
Since: Jul 07
#1 Jul 10, 2007
A former Teen Challenge student exposes this abusive Christian alcohol and drug program. Although seen by many as a worthwhile organization, Teen Challenge has a dark side, one of pathological abuse and an obsession with the almighty dollar.
#2 Aug 9, 2007
Teen Challenge is a wonderful program!!! I personally know many people in my life who have been so deeply blessed by this program!! I have no doubt in my mind that God is using this program to change the world!!! With all good is bad so I have no doubt that some people have had bad experiences but when taken seriously and when you allow yourself to be molded and changed it is amazing!!!
“It's all about the money”
Since: Jul 07
#3 Aug 10, 2007
I helped the citizens of Eureka see the REAL Teen Challenge with a letter to the editor detailing the coercion and abuse that went on when I was there. My letter prompted an editorial, which helped turn the people of Eureka against Teen Challenge in such a way that the owner of the building canceled escrow. No TC location there! I am now helping the citizens of Eugene, OR stop a TC from opening across the street from an elementary school.
Here's some of the Eureka article:
Property buy falls through; Redwood Teen Challenge back to drawing board
Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard
EUREKA -- After weeks of public outcry and heated debates at City Council meetings, plans to convert the dilapidated church building at 321 West Wabash into a Redwood Teen Challenge facility died quietly this week.
Ron Queen of Queen and Associates, who represents the sellers, confirmed Friday that the sale of the property fell through.
”There was so much controversy (the buyers) were concerned about having problems with everybody, so they just basically backed out,” Queen said, adding the buyers were primarily worried about a possible lawsuit derailing or indefinitely postponing the project.
Queen said Steve Strombeck, one of the buyers, asked to extend escrow on the property, hoping to wait and see if any litigation was brought against the city for its decision to grant the project a conditional use permit.
The sellers, Queen said, weren't willing to wait.
”We could keep extending and extending, and we don't know if there was going to be litigation or problems down the road,” Queen said.“It could just go on forever.”
Several area residents met the news with sighs of relief.
Dozen spoke out against having Teen Challenge -- a faith-based, residential substance abuse treatment facility -- move into their neighborhood, which they said is already saturated with rehabilitation houses.
”Whoopee,” said Sue Brandenburg, who initially appealed the May 14 Planning Commission decision to approve a conditional use permit for the project.
The appeal brought the matter before the council, which denied Brandenburg's appeal in a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Mike Jones recusing himself for a potential conflict of interest and Councilman Chris Kerrigan dissenting.
After her initial excitement, Brandenburg said she couldn't comment on the situation and that she and the newly formed West Side Association, a group of area residents, would continue with their plans until she learned more.
Sylvia Scott, an area resident and outspoken project opponent, said she was thrilled.
”It's just a pity, isn't it? All that hard work going down the drain,” she said in obvious sarcasm, before hinting that the city may not have heard the last on this matter.“This is just the tip of the ice berg.”
The end of the deal brings an unwelcome new beginning for Queen. With discussions for this sale beginning in November or December, Queen said months of limbo and debate have left him and the property sellers, the Pentecostal Church of God, where they started -- albeit with an even further deteriorated building.
#4 May 30, 2017
that nasty Teen Challenge
#5 May 30, 2017
What is their connection with Oaklawn Park? I know after big days when the infield is used - Derby Day , cross country meets, concerts, the BBQ cookoff, etc; Teen Challenge kids come out and clean the infield. Are they paid for this?
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