Teen Challenge Exposed!

Teen Challenge Exposed!

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“It's all about the money”

Since: Jul 07

Clovis, CA

#1 Jul 24, 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.

http://www.teenchallengeexposed.com

"Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds"
Myname

Chillicothe, OH

#2 Aug 9, 2007
That is the biggest pile of garbage I've seen in quite some time. Teen Challenge is an amazing program.
Ricky

Conover, NC

#3 Jan 7, 2008
Teen Challenge is a place of refuge and renewal for hundreds of grateful residents and families. I'm sure you only speak on behalf of yourself and we will continue to pray that you recieve the blessing available from and on behalf of those you critize. God Bless You !
Deidre

Fairbanks, AK

#4 Jan 17, 2008
Well, I'm with the author. I am 41. I was in the Indianapolis Tenn Challenge from the age of 14 to 16.5. Before I went in, I was a Christian, that had never done drugs, or been on a date. I didn't smoke ect. My mother who had paid someone to take care of me for years didn't want me back, when the lady was no longer able to take care of me. I was suppose to graduate the program after the first year, but a week before graduation they pulled me into the office, and demoted me saying I didn't raise my hands in church, and they felt I had lust in my heart. I was made to go to churches almost every weekend to "give my testimony" where I was the one behind the pulpit. to raise funds. They even sent my picture out in flyers and such. I was definately exploited, for their financial gains. I also remember scubing the mess hall floor with my tooth brush all night when I first arrived. Or the time I was beaten with a board for telling one of the counselors that I was afraid of one of the girls that was making advances on me. I was told I should be ashamed of myself for thinking someone was gay that just wanted my love. That is until the night they caught her trying to rape me with a knife, and kicked her out. Did they apologise for beating me for trying to come to them for help? No!
After Leaving I never set foot in a church again.
I had gone 3 times a week before going to that place. I choose to have my own relationship with god, and not be told I need to raise my hands, speak in tougnes or be slai in the spirit! So you can knock the author all you want but I was there for two years and I know what I'm talking about! I am 41 and still remember how I suffered in their hands. I would never send a child there. I have two adult daughters and two small step children.
AMNBNJ

Kenilworth, NJ

#5 Jun 30, 2008
Diedre, you may have been right on some issues but I think Teen Challenge is being blamed for the backgage you were placed or received by your mother. It is clear through out your whole message that you are bitter. Bitterness will kill your relationship with God and it seems that is being done done. Let God deal with you and the deeper issues such as a mother who didnt want her daughter. God Bless!
Deidre wrote:
Well, I'm with the author. I am 41. I was in the Indianapolis Tenn Challenge from the age of 14 to 16.5. Before I went in, I was a Christian, that had never done drugs, or been on a date. I didn't smoke ect. My mother who had paid someone to take care of me for years didn't want me back, when the lady was no longer able to take care of me. I was suppose to graduate the program after the first year, but a week before graduation they pulled me into the office, and demoted me saying I didn't raise my hands in church, and they felt I had lust in my heart. I was made to go to churches almost every weekend to "give my testimony" where I was the one behind the pulpit. to raise funds. They even sent my picture out in flyers and such. I was definately exploited, for their financial gains. I also remember scubing the mess hall floor with my tooth brush all night when I first arrived. Or the time I was beaten with a board for telling one of the counselors that I was afraid of one of the girls that was making advances on me. I was told I should be ashamed of myself for thinking someone was gay that just wanted my love. That is until the night they caught her trying to rape me with a knife, and kicked her out. Did they apologise for beating me for trying to come to them for help? No!
After Leaving I never set foot in a church again.
I had gone 3 times a week before going to that place. I choose to have my own relationship with god, and not be told I need to raise my hands, speak in tougnes or be slai in the spirit! So you can knock the author all you want but I was there for two years and I know what I'm talking about! I am 41 and still remember how I suffered in their hands. I would never send a child there. I have two adult daughters and two small step children.
Christie

United States

#6 Dec 13, 2008
Hi Deidre I to was in that Teen Challenge in Indianpolis Indiana from 1974 to 1980 with Ruth Thalmon and Betty Violette I to remember the abuse I suffered there and would love for you to contact me by email at [email protected]
Amy

Cordele, GA

#7 Dec 16, 2008
anyone that was in indianapolis indiana teen challenge, either old girls or new girls brick building or boys house from 1974 to 1979 under betty violette or ruth thallman as directors that want to chat with me feel free to e-mail me, I (AMY) was there between these times, and am interested in looking for former friends. You can e-mail me at [email protected] for a chat.am also looking for pics from that era of people I knew, like-Bobbie Ballard, Toni Ballard(sisters)-Loni Mae and her sister,Cindy Holcom,Karen Winifred,Dana Fowler,Becky&Robert Garcia,Karen Hubble,Donna Miller,Carla&Lisa(sisters) ,Tina, Carlos,Birdie(Alberta),Sacora, Audrey,Gina,Erin,Darci,Neily St John,Deb&carl(marrried), Donna moodyham.
Does anyone remember The Stienways summer lake vacations, or Apple Picking?
sue

Macomb, MI

#8 Jan 2, 2009
AMNBNJ wrote:
Diedre, you may have been right on some issues but I think Teen Challenge is being blamed for the backgage you were placed or received by your mother. It is clear through out your whole message that you are bitter. Bitterness will kill your relationship with God and it seems that is being done done. Let God deal with you and the deeper issues such as a mother who didnt want her daughter. God Bless!
<quoted text>
hi have you ever been in a tc that is what they do there
Bonnie

Oklahoma City, OK

#9 Jan 31, 2009
Hi. I to was serving time in Indianapolis during 1973 and 1974. I remember that they would take me to the basement for their so-called correction of my attitude. This consisted of me being beated with their wooden paddle to the point I could hardly sit. This went on every week for the first two months I was there. Then one night, they took me out of my bed at midnight, to go downstairs and re-wash all the dishes from supper that night. The water was so hot it turned my hands beat red. I told them that it was to hot so they made me bend over the table and gave me 50 swats for my complaining. The abuse was not necessary. I also remenber I had severe pain from my stomach and they would not give me anything for it. It was terrible. I can still remenber the spankings, the beatings and the pain of being there. Thank God my parents finally came and picked me up.
Kathy McIntire

Columbus, OH

#10 Feb 15, 2009
Deidre wrote:
Well, I'm with the author. I am 41. I was in the Indianapolis Tenn Challenge from the age of 14 to 16.5. Before I went in, I was a Christian, that had never done drugs, or been on a date. I didn't smoke ect. My mother who had paid someone to take care of me for years didn't want me back, when the lady was no longer able to take care of me. I was suppose to graduate the program after the first year, but a week before graduation they pulled me into the office, and demoted me saying I didn't raise my hands in church, and they felt I had lust in my heart. I was made to go to churches almost every weekend to "give my testimony" where I was the one behind the pulpit. to raise funds. They even sent my picture out in flyers and such. I was definately exploited, for their financial gains. I also remember scubing the mess hall floor with my tooth brush all night when I first arrived. Or the time I was beaten with a board for telling one of the counselors that I was afraid of one of the girls that was making advances on me. I was told I should be ashamed of myself for thinking someone was gay that just wanted my love. That is until the night they caught her trying to rape me with a knife, and kicked her out. Did they apologise for beating me for trying to come to them for help? No!
After Leaving I never set foot in a church again.
I had gone 3 times a week before going to that place. I choose to have my own relationship with god, and not be told I need to raise my hands, speak in tougnes or be slai in the spirit! So you can knock the author all you want but I was there for two years and I know what I'm talking about! I am 41 and still remember how I suffered in their hands. I would never send a child there. I have two adult daughters and two small step children.
I think I know you! It's Kathy McIntire, I also have pics from back then. Would love to know! My e-mail is [email protected]

“concerned for my grandchildren”

Since: Mar 09

niantic

#11 Mar 20, 2009
teen challenge has done a lot of good things...however, this does not mean that there have not been things that have happened that are wrong. it should not be totally condemned, yet at the same time, the wrongs that have happened to people through it are legitimate and should not be ignored.
Rebecca

Rochester, MI

#12 Apr 23, 2009
I agree with the author. I was sent to Teen Challenge by my parents when I was two months shy of 17. I was first given to the Lebenon TCIN for Girls. After being there for 9 months, they pulled me into the office and told me that they were transferring me to a different Teen Challenge, they moved me because my year was almost up and I was still on level one. While I was there I saw few graduations and out of almost everyone who graduated, News always came back bad. Someone had fallen back to their old ways... and there was one Staff member there who was truly sidistic. She Hated me from the moment I stepped through the door, and a Jr. staff member loved to boss us around just because she could. And we did have ""locks" on our doors, we had alarms. And they would take us to churchs to give our testamonies, and get their money through the offerings or banquets we would host. When I went to the Decatur TC in IL, It was different but only b/c they were new. Your first month you had to wear prison jumpsuits and handcuffs on your feet so you couldn't run away. Tell me how that is Legal. And of course you could never tell your parents what was going on because you would get in trouble. I turned 18, finished my Jr. year and checked out. Out of all the people I know that Graduated all but 1 fell back on their ass's. And when ever I hear from any of them it's more of the same. TC is a joke, and our parents had to pay through the nose for us to be there. This writer should also investigate New Creations in Indiana. I would say it's like a TC, on lock down and worse. They make the students mow for hours on end with push mowers and they don't get paid. I will never forget the horror of those 16 months. EVER
Rebecca

Rochester, MI

#13 Apr 23, 2009
Oh yeah and Myname, I don't know if I was there with you or not, but you have got to be kidding me. [email protected] I was there in 2006
Great place

Jonesboro, AR

#14 May 11, 2009
This is a wonderful place.
Rachel

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 Aug 7, 2009
Central Indiana TC worked for me. Sorry :/ lol
I know that all the statistics they put out probably aren't 100% accurate but I got a lot of benefit out of TC. And I had to scrub stairs and toilets with a toothbrush too so you're not the only one. I think the students provide most of the "abuse" it isn't the counselors or directors. I had a friend there that was rooming with 2 homosexual girls who participated in "razor blade sex" [whatever that is] and needless to say she felt extremely uncomfortable. Not once did any counselor or director touch me or say something inappropriate to me and not once did they say I had to do something mundane in order to get to heaven.
Rachel

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Aug 7, 2009
The locks are there for a reason. Lebanon wasnt a prison and I was there around the same time you were...? I don't remember a Rebecca being there though. I graduated in 2007 I believe if I remember correctly. I went there in the beginning of my sophomore year and got back in the last few months of my junior year. I am 18 now and graduated from high school. Also I fail to understand how you are so sure that a staff member hated you unless they told you or did something inappropriate to you. Also we didn't have any junior staff members. 0.e
lol
Rebecca wrote:
I agree with the author. I was sent to Teen Challenge by my parents when I was two months shy of 17. I was first given to the Lebenon TCIN for Girls. After being there for 9 months, they pulled me into the office and told me that they were transferring me to a different Teen Challenge, they moved me because my year was almost up and I was still on level one. While I was there I saw few graduations and out of almost everyone who graduated, News always came back bad. Someone had fallen back to their old ways... and there was one Staff member there who was truly sidistic. She Hated me from the moment I stepped through the door, and a Jr. staff member loved to boss us around just because she could. And we did have ""locks" on our doors, we had alarms. And they would take us to churchs to give our testamonies, and get their money through the offerings or banquets we would host. When I went to the Decatur TC in IL, It was different but only b/c they were new. Your first month you had to wear prison jumpsuits and handcuffs on your feet so you couldn't run away. Tell me how that is Legal. And of course you could never tell your parents what was going on because you would get in trouble. I turned 18, finished my Jr. year and checked out. Out of all the people I know that Graduated all but 1 fell back on their ass's. And when ever I hear from any of them it's more of the same. TC is a joke, and our parents had to pay through the nose for us to be there. This writer should also investigate New Creations in Indiana. I would say it's like a TC, on lock down and worse. They make the students mow for hours on end with push mowers and they don't get paid. I will never forget the horror of those 16 months. EVER
Kathleen Mabrey

Ord, NE

#17 Oct 24, 2009
Just becuase you werent abused dont knock those of us that were. That just shows how narrow minded you are.
Myname wrote:
That is the biggest pile of garbage I've seen in quite some time. Teen Challenge is an amazing program.
Kathleen Mabrey

Ord, NE

#18 Oct 24, 2009
You were not the only one. TC had a girl die in Indy before I got there. The director and one of the counselors were charged with abuse when I was there. I lived it and saw it happen to others. If someone was fortunate enough to have a good experience great but I have suffered from the trauma for the past 30 years from what happened to me.
Rebecca wrote:
Oh yeah and Myname, I don't know if I was there with you or not, but you have got to be kidding me. [email protected] I was there in 2006
Kathleen Mabrey

Ord, NE

#19 Oct 24, 2009
I was in Indianpolis in 79/80 and had the same horrible experiences there. I was also drug free. But my mother thought I was being controlled by Satan and this would fix me. The director there was charged with abuse along with a counselor there. I abuse I witnessed was horrendous. We were imprisoned there and not allowed to leave unless our parents wanted to take us out. The facility was barracked with fence and barbed wire. How people can claim it was not imprisonment beats me.
Deidre wrote:
Well, I'm with the author. I am 41. I was in the Indianapolis Tenn Challenge from the age of 14 to 16.5. Before I went in, I was a Christian, that had never done drugs, or been on a date. I didn't smoke ect. My mother who had paid someone to take care of me for years didn't want me back, when the lady was no longer able to take care of me. I was suppose to graduate the program after the first year, but a week before graduation they pulled me into the office, and demoted me saying I didn't raise my hands in church, and they felt I had lust in my heart. I was made to go to churches almost every weekend to "give my testimony" where I was the one behind the pulpit. to raise funds. They even sent my picture out in flyers and such. I was definately exploited, for their financial gains. I also remember scubing the mess hall floor with my tooth brush all night when I first arrived. Or the time I was beaten with a board for telling one of the counselors that I was afraid of one of the girls that was making advances on me. I was told I should be ashamed of myself for thinking someone was gay that just wanted my love. That is until the night they caught her trying to rape me with a knife, and kicked her out. Did they apologise for beating me for trying to come to them for help? No!
After Leaving I never set foot in a church again.
I had gone 3 times a week before going to that place. I choose to have my own relationship with god, and not be told I need to raise my hands, speak in tougnes or be slai in the spirit! So you can knock the author all you want but I was there for two years and I know what I'm talking about! I am 41 and still remember how I suffered in their hands. I would never send a child there. I have two adult daughters and two small step children.
Kathleen Mabrey

Ord, NE

#20 Oct 24, 2009
You obviously have never suffered abuse like that. I was at the same facility and saw it and experienced it. I never recovered from it either. Stop being so narrow minded about someone elses suffering. I know of dozens of others still suffering today.
sue wrote:
<quoted text> hi have you ever been in a tc that is what they do there

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