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Teen Challenge Marks 50th Year



The Lexington facilitators for Teen Challenge are: Pennie Hemby, Kathey Manseau, Doug Weatherford, Chris Tubbs, Deandre Twitty, and Lisa Brown; Cedar Grove: Brandi Chase and Erie Chase; Parsons: Kristie Burkette , James Sheedy, Jay Taylor, and Teresa Derryberry. photo submitted


Addiction creates a dark cave of hopelessness and despair, clouding all other issues in the person’s life.  Teen Challenge has been a program in Henderson County that has reached out to help those who have found themselves at the brink, and are looking for a way out since 2004.    This is the 50th year for the program, that began with David Wilkinson, whom many of you may know from the novel “The Cross and the Switchblade.”   The faith based outreach is now in more than 133 countries, with over 246 centers in the U.S.   And it’s just not for teens.  Although Wilkinson started the endeavor in 1958 with teens in mind, it has grown to serve all ages of people who struggle with drug addiction.   “A faith based approach is needed where drug addiction has become epidemic, not just for inner city residents…

For the complete story, see the April 26th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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