I have been Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland’s Intake Director for 3 years. I have noticed that the need for a residential program is only increasing. We have an extremely high volume of calls and emails of people or family members needing help. I have received an average of 10-15 female intake calls or emails on a daily basis since taking on this position. At least half of those contacts are from out of state. This keeps our current eleven bed facility full all of the time.
I constantly ask the Lord “why Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland? Why do so many people contact us?” There are over 230 Teen Challenge centers in the United States. In addition, we are one of the smallest bed capacity facilities out there. So, “Why us, Lord?”
Another interesting observation I have made over the years of being the Intake Director is that I receive numerous calls from frustrated people who have previously called other programs and other Teen Challenge centers that do not have bed availability. The callers feel as if they have hit a dead end. Because of this, I have been moved with compassion for this specific group of people. Even though I am Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland’s Intake Director I have made it a point to try and help find placement for every individual who contacts me that is serious about getting help, even if our center is full. I understand the feeling of hopelessness when you get to the point of being willing to change and there is nowhere to go. My prayer is that when people call Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland, they feel the hope of Jesus Christ that is at work here.
We have established some great working relationships with other Teen Challenge facilities to be able to refer to when we are full here in Livingston, but a successful referral and then placement can require a lot of extra and sometimes complicated effort. This is why we so desperately need more housing facilities right here on the Livingston Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland campus. Every prayer and every financial contribution that you give plays a very important part in the process of moving forward to build more space for those needing help. Please consider making a secure online donation HERE and helping us reach our financial goal to be able to complete the new dorm.