Ozark Teen Challenge Opens New College Building | Free News

A new college building in Branson West opens to help a local organization in its mission to provide a rehab program for teens.

The Ozarks Teen Challenge, a 200-acre Christian boarding school in Stone County, will celebrate the grand opening of its new college building, located at 512 Purist Lane in Branson West, on Thursday, August 25 at 4 p.m., according to a news release. of the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The celebration will include a dedication by Assemblies of God USA Missions Director Malcom Burleigh and a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce. The community is invited to stop and celebrate the occasion, which includes a tour of the facilities and refreshments following the dedication and inauguration.

The new construction provides students with a state-of-the-art learning center, as well as small group and multiple counseling spaces to provide optimal environments for enrolled young men to grow, learn, and prepare for their future. The new facility is located on a hill adjacent to Table Rock Lake. The celebration marks the first step in the Ozarks Teen Challenge plan to increase the number of young people enrolled in the long-term residential program.

“It’s such a joy to see the finish line of this many-year-long project being in our sights,” said Lowlan Breaux, Executive Director of the Ozarks Teen Challenge. “God has been working throughout many years, through the faithful service of several past leaders of this ministry, and in the hearts of those who make up our incredible community of supporters, donors and advocates to orchestrate this day to fruition.”

The school offers a 15-month residential substance abuse and behavioral rehabilitation program focused on boys ages 13-17. The program is for at-risk adolescents, who have struggled with life control issues; such as substance use disorder, conduct disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder, according to the Ozarks Teen Challenge website.

“We operate as a long-term addiction recovery program for most of our Christian boarding students,” the website said. “We also help students with any other life control issues and can help them overcome their anxiety, depression and hopelessness by helping them find purpose in Christ.”

Ozark Teen Challenge offers an integrated approach, focusing on each student’s personal, physical and spiritual growth, according to the statement. The comprehensive program provides young men with one-on-one counseling and mentorship, a personalized academic journey, leadership training, life skills development, community service opportunities, and an outdoor adventure and fitness program that embraces the landscape, features and culture of the Ozarks.

“Our faith-based programs for troubled teens include structured daily routines, spiritual education, and group counseling for substance abuse treatment and behavioral development,” the website says. “We intend not only to introduce (students) to Jesus Christ, but to guide (them) into true discipleship. As they grow in our youth program, the anger, indifference, substance abuse and destructive behaviors decrease…Our Christian boarding school for boys offers faith-based teen rehab under many forms including group counseling, behavior development and recovery, wilderness adventure activities and more. ”

For more information, visit ozarksteenchallenge.com.

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