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Teen Challenge brings faith, hope to recovering addicts

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The center in Peoria can only hold a maximum of 16 - the new facility in Pekin would house 40. The center in Peoria can only hold a maximum of 16 - the new facility in Pekin would house 40.
PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The opioid crisis has created national debate, marches, and demonstrations, with experts and politicians trying to determine the best course of action.

One central Illinois aid center, though, says the best way to tackle the problem is one person at a time.

Teen Challenge Peoria has been working out of an old brewery on Olive Street for over 40 years, taking in young men involved with addictionn and boasting a 72%success rate. 

Their program brings 18-and-up men into an months-long living program, powered by companionship, support and their faith.

"It's not, kick them out the door, it's not any of those things. It's just continue to go alongside them, help them," explains Christopher Hauser, a student-intern at Teen Challenge. "Lift them up, encourage them, build them up - rather than what addictio and everything else has done, which is tear them down."

"The very first thing that God does to those families when they bring their loved one into this program is you see that anvil of weight lift off of them," said Director of Operations Joseph Rogers. "And hope returns. And there is hope, hope has a face and it's these men."

Recently, Teen Challenge has been given a new facility in Pekin that will almost triple the number of people they can help.

If you'd like to support teen challenge, you can donate on their website.
 

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