Our Purpose.

Providing women with an effective and comprehensive, Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order to become productive members of society. By applying biblical principles, Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. Our goal is to help residents establish a chemical-free lifestyle in connection with issues they identify as life-controlling, and to recognize that these skills and tools are transferable to future problems and challenges they will face.

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The Director.

Pastor Mike Leonard
Mike Leonard

We believe that the application of Biblical principles leads to life transformation. Transformation is defined as “a change in composition or structure, to change the outward form or appearance of and to change in character or condition.”

At Teen Challenge, we often see young women kind of stumble in the door. Most look haggard, disheveled, sickly, emaciated and some appear to be much older than their age. Their outlook is negative, gloomy, defeated, and hopeless. Many new students have little to no personal belongings- and most have fear in their eyes.

Yet, it is beautiful to watch as Jesus comes into their hearts and changes them from the inside out. Their eyes begin to brighten. Hope replaces despair. Everything, from their appearance to their demeanor, begins to change. We know that real change is happening when they learn to speak the truth to themselves and others consistently and they begin to assume responsibility for their actions. They start dealing with their deep-seated issues, and we see a brand new woman begin to emerge.

Thank you for helping us help women recover their dignity and destiny.

Michael Leonard, Director

Meet The Staff

School History.

Foundation.

Teen Challenge USA began over 50 years ago as a Christian outreach to teenage gang members in New York. The ministry quickly grew & today there are 225 residential centers in America and over 1000 worldwide.


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Teen Challenge Firelands.

Teen Challenge of the Firelands began as a vision of several local individuals who wanted to reach the addicted population in Huron County Ohio. Learn More.


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Mission.

To introduce people in addiction to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through discipleship & by applying Biblical principles.


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The Curriculum.

TCOTF is a four phase program for women 18 and up who have decided to overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol. A student must complete each phase in order to successfully complete the program.


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Mission and Values.

 

2000 years ago, a teacher sat among prostitutes, thieves and murderers. Critics questioned why he would waste his time and associate himself with these “types” of people.  But he ignored the skeptics and continued to invest in the lives of those who had no hope. He chose to spend time building relationships and restoring the lives of the most unlikely members of society. Jesus became their source of hope.

The teachings of Jesus are the same philosophies applied to each Teen Challenge program. Jesus taught love and forgiveness. Teen Challenge not only provides a recovery program, it provides a restoration program. When lives are restored through the teachings of Jesus they are changed forever.

Critics question why we spend our time and associate with those who are addicted. We ignore the skeptics and continue to invest in the lives of those who have no hope. At Teen Challenge of the Firelands we spend time building relationships and restoring the lives of the most unlikely members of society so that Jesus can become the source of their hope.


We know that to be successful an addict needs to move from a self-centered paradigm to a Christ-centered paradigm.
In 1958, a young pastor from a farm town in Pennsylvania took a step of faith into the inner-city of New York City. David Wilkerson started a movement that would change the lives of thousands. With a heart for young people, he began working with gangs and troubled youth. As he began to establish rapport within the city, he became aware of the life-controlling issues destroying these young people. Everywhere David turned he saw the consequences of addiction: a 16 year old girl working the streets, a 12 year old boy murdered by his younger brother, the sight of a teenage mother with her baby on her lap, begging for food and shelter.

The young pastor found himself in a place with no hope and no future: these children had been set up for failure. He knew he had to break the vicious cycle. He had to offer a way out of their trouble and despair. Later that year, the first Teen Challenge Center was established in New York City.

Since 1958, Teen Challenge has seen remarkable growth. Thousands of lives have been changed in over 200 centers throughout the United States. Teen Challenge Centers are now operating on six continents around the world.

Teen Challenge of the Firelands began as a vision of several local individuals who wanted to reach the addicted population in Huron County Ohio. Members of the Huron County Starfish Foundation approached the Ohio Valley Teen Challenge Director in Fall of 2012 to see what they could do to establish a program in their region. Through a series of God ordained events, the old Willard Healthcare facility, vacant at the time, was donated to OVTC to use for a Teen Challenge Center. The OVTC board decided it would be a women’s program. Directors were located in the Fall of 2013. From January 2014 until November 2014 people have worked tirelessly to repair, renovate and transform the facility into a beautiful, cozy haven for women fighting the war with addiction. In December of 2014, Teen Challenge of the Firelands (TCOTF) opened its doors to welcome residents.
TCOTF is a four phase program for women 18 and up who have decided to overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol. A student must complete each phase in order to successfully complete the program.

Each phase’s duration is approximately as follows. Promotion from phase to phase is determined by a student’s classroom work and attitude.

  • Orientation 5 – 8 Weeks
  • Induction 4 Months
  • Training Phase 4 Months
  • Pre-Graduate 3 Months

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