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Teen Challenge Boston

16 Bloomfield Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts, 02124
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Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey’s Boston’s Men’s Campus utilizes a faith-based approach to inspire lifelong recovery in men 18 years of age and above. Individuals struggling with drug and/or alcohol abuse are invited to participate in a rigorous, compassionate addiction treatment program that engages the word of Christ to produce an enduring transformation. Through spiritual, academic, and vocational training, Teen Challenge ensures that each participant receives the necessary skills to succeed after treatment.

Facility Highlights

  • Life Skills Training
  • Chapel Services
  • Class Lectures

Specialization

  • Aftercare Support

    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood

Meet the Staff

  • Pasco Manzo
    Pasco ManzoInterim President
    Pasco Manzo is a member of the Board of Directors for Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey. He brings over 35 years of ministry and management experience and is passionate about broken humanity and the mission of Teen Challenge. Pasco also continues in his position as President of Run for Freedom, a national organization combating Human Trafficking.
  • Jacqueline Strothoff
    Jacqueline StrothoffExecutive Director, Teen Challenge Women's and Girls' Ministries
    Twelve years of drug addiction drove Jacqueline Strothoff to participate in every rehabilitation effort presented to her as she desperately struggled to overcome her addiction. Those years were devastating as she was committed several times to psychiatric hospitals and incarcerated for criminal activities. During one of those stays in a psychiatric hospital in 1974, Jacqui experienced a life-changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. Upon her release, she entered New Life For Girls, a one year Christian residential discipleship program in Pennsylvania. From there, she enrolled in a ministerial training program at Rev. David Wilkerson’s Twin Oaks Leadership Academy in Texas, where she met her husband, Bob. They spent the next several years working in Teen Challenge centers across the country and then settled in Springfield, Missouri where Jacqui earned a degree in social work from Southwest Missouri State College. Jacqui has ably served the Lord in a variety of capacities in churches and ministries. Her life and testimony has impacted thousands of hurting lives. Today that impact continues as she serves Teen Challenge New England and New Jersey in a senior leadership role. Jacqui is the proud mother of two adult children and the ecstatic grandmother of two adorable grandchildren.

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ABOUT TEEN CHALLENGE BOSTON

Teen Challenge is a global network of Christian residential programs founded in 1958 by evangelical pastor David Wilkerson to provide treatment for people struggling with addiction. Part of the Teen Challenge New England and New Jersey Branch, Teen Challenge Boston operates one of the state's 91 (25.9 percent) long-term residential facilities.

Located in the Dorchester neighborhood, Teen Challenge Boston, according to the website, offers faith-based clinical counseling and life-coaching for drugs, alcohol, and other “life-controlling problems.” This is one of the just 185 (52.7 percent) male-only treatment centers in the state. Detox services and medication management are not available on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the center’s website, the men’s residential program lasts 15 to 21 months. Residents who do not have a high school diploma are given an opportunity to study and earn their General Equivalency Diploma (GED); they must receive the certification before they can graduate from the residential program.

This particular Teen Challenge facility publishes little information about its program, but Teen Challenge treatment courses generally contain three components: Bible study, worship, and a work-therapy program.

Employment readiness and job placement assistance are key principles of Teen Challenge courses. This facility’s website indicates that clients are not permitted to hold outside employment during treatment. Instead, they work at Teen Challenge’s thrift stores or in its catering, construction, and furniture restoration services, learning skills that can be applied to job searches after treatment.

In addition to core programming, residents have the opportunity to participate in the program’s well-known choir and various outreach programs. Upon graduation, Teen Challenge offers alumni aftercare services, which include vocational support and referrals to sober living homes.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to this facility’s website, most of its staff have ministerial or Teen Challenge qualifications, rather than mental health or medical credentials. Many staff members are in recovery and graduates of Teen Challenge programs. The sole individual surveyed by Rehabs.com to date provided five out of five stars for the level of staff support at this treatment center.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Teen Challenge Boston's living facility is a large, repurposed multi-family home set on a residential street in the Dorchester section of the city. Residents share bedrooms and use common areas for group discussions and study sessions. According to the facility’s website, clients are allowed to send letters after two weeks in the program, and phone calls are allowed at the discretion of the client’s pastoral counselor. Cell phones, computers, and personal money are prohibited.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Though Rehabs.com had yet to receive feedback from this facility's former clients to date, three Google users gave two perfect five-star ratings and one four-star rating.[1] "Guys with no hope anywhere else are finding hope at TC-B," five-star reviewer S.D. wrote.

On the Teen Challenge Boston Facebook page, which the organization can manage, feedback is highly positive. Based on the 43 people (alumni, loved ones, others) who posted reviews to date, the center earned a high average of 4.7 out of five stars.[2]

Many alumni mentioned the center saved their lives and praised the staff. In a representative review, Zack wrote, “God used this program to save my life and I will always be grateful for Teen Challenge and all of the Staff and Students in Teen Challenge.” Another alum described, "A great bunch of people that really show support and kindness at every turn, the brotherhood there is incredible and one of the most powerful elements of the program."

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided extremely high ratings for this facility. Awarding five out of five stars for the level of family involvement, the counseling options, the center's holistic offerings, and the facility's treatment of both addiction and mental health, the loved one added, "He is now a Pastor."

With reference again to the Teen Challenge Boston Facebook page, most of the loved ones who posted reviews praised the center and gave the program high ratings. For example, Terri wrote: “I can't say enough about this program it's truely saved my son's life. The staff and brotherhood at this program are Amazing.”

FINANCING

According to the facility’s website, nobody is ever turned away based on inability to pay. Private medical insurance is not accepted.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/TeenChallengeBoston/reviews/

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