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Advent Home Learning Center, based in Calhoun, Tennessee, is a remedial Christian school for 12 to 18-year-old at-risk boys with special academic and behavioral needs, currently housing 32 students. They may be struggling with school dismissal, low self-image, and family problems. Students come to the program from almost everywhere in the continental United States and the West Indies. It is located on 225 acres of farm land along the beautiful Hiwassee River. Advent Home is accredited by the State of Tennessee Department of Education, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable corporation that depends upon the ongoing financial support of grants, private donors, gifts and the help of volunteers. AH provides residential care, individual and group counseling, remedial and accelerated schooling, work therapy, outdoor education, and character development. Parents visit the students and participate in counseling and training four weekends every year.
Experience shows that students who remain in the Advent Home Program until they fully graduate, are more successful with their life’s endeavors. It is believed that they do well for several reasons. They have internalized the principles taught to them and are committed to personal development and change. Consequently, they have progressed significantly in mastering core issues. Because they have already developed independent study skills, they are able to go on to a Christian boarding school, where they thrive academically in a structured environment. Finally, their family members reinforce Advent Home standards. This includes a regulated schedule, healthy diet, minimum distractions, avoiding negative friends, useful work, and a spiritual atmosphere in the home.
Teen Challenge is one of the oldest, largest and most successful programs of its kind in the world. Established in 1958 by David Wilkerson, Teen Challenge has grown to more than 170 centers in the United States. According to the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use, an estimated 7.7 million individuals age 12 or older were in need of care for an illicit drug problem. Furthermore, an estimated 18.6 million persons age 12 or older were in need of assistance for an alcohol problem. Teen Challenge has responded with action to statistics like these. Providing residential and non-residential care for thousands of men and women seeking freedom from life-controlling problems, Teen Challenge has become their answer.
In the process of breaking down the addiction cycle, Teen Challenge has become a solution to the addiction crisis. Teen Challenge is known throughout the world for providing successful recovery programs. Enthusiastic law enforcement officials, judges, mayors, governors and other prominent community and country leaders advocate the mission of Teen Challenge. Several United States presidents have voiced their appreciation for the unique work. Teen Challenge offers a well-developed, multi-phased discipleship training program and provides extensive non-residential assistance through personal and group sessions. Prevention programs are provided to thousands each year through public school assemblies and church meetings.