Citizens embraced their newfound empowerment, and it soon became evident the local jail facilities could not house the number of offenders being brought to justice. Other options needed to be found. Through continual prayer and focused political involvement, grant funds were allocated and released to build a local treatment facility, which could focus on truly rehabilitating addicts and further protecting the community. This facility would be built on land donated by Charley and Virginia McWhorter, who had recently lost their beloved son, Chad, to a drug overdose. Chad’s Hope Center opened its doors in February 2008, ready to accommodate up to 52 men (ages 18 and up) in a residential, faith-based recovery center.
The Teen Challenge side of the equation was conceived in 1958 by Rev. David Wilkerson, whose mission was to create faith-based environments that rebuild lives devastated by addiction. Teen Challenge firmly believes, and results show, that an addict must establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ if he wishes to find permanent freedom from bondage. Since its inception, Teen Challenge has grown to include over 1,000 centers around the world – 300 of which are in the US. In September 2008, this organization took over operation of the existing Chad’s Hope Center.
This particular recovery center has been very active as of late traveling around Southeastern Kentucky to share their message with local churches and community organizations. Through song and personal testimony, souls are bared to those who will listen. This openness fosters a better understanding of the pain of addiction, but also exhorts the joy of knowing Jesus Christ and living in his mercy through the ministry of Chad’s Hope Teen Challenge.
True recovery begins with a complete change in behavior and the elimination of existing life-controlling habits. Therefore, at Chad’s Hope Teen Challenge, residents must begin by embracing the 5 components of recovery: