Central Florida Teen Challenge Men's Center Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center

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Central Florida Teen Challenge Men's CenterThe Basics

The Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center is a bit of a misnomer since it only accepts male adults age 18 and above. Located in Sanford, near Orlando, it is one of many facilities operated under the Teen Challenge umbrella. Teen Challenge is best known for its Christian faith-based addiction treatment, which is less about addiction itself and more about finding oneself in Jesus Christ. This program is notably lengthy at a minimum of 12 months.

Accommodations and Food

The Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center location resembles a campus and can house about 80 residents, who live in four open-layout dorms with up to 20 per dorm. The dorms embrace minimalism, with little more than bunk beds and storage. As residents progress through the program, they gradually gain more privacy and eventually can live in semi-private rooms. Outside the dorms, residents can enjoy the green space of the campus as well as the weight room, basketball court and volleyball court. This facility has a television, but it is mostly used for educational purposes.

Residents eat together in the cafeteria and meals are rather simple, including burgers and fries, grilled chicken and vegetables.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment at the Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center revolves around daily chapel devotions, pastoral counseling, addiction recovery education, life skills and on-site vocational training including kitchen management and food preparation, facility maintenance and repairs, janitorial, grounds maintenance, administrative assistance, light manufacturing and electrical skills training. Residents are also taught how to create resumes and search for jobs. Teen Challenge helps clients obtain a GED as well if needed. While this program emphasizes Christian faith above all, staff members choose Bible readings and educational topics that are relevant to overcoming addiction.

A typical day begins at 6 am with breakfast, followed by scripture, journaling and chapel service at 7 am. Residents then go to Bible study from 7:30 am to 10 am and have a break for recreation or personal time until lunch at 12 pm. After lunch, residents work on-site until dinner at 5:30 pm. After another short break, they head to chapel from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm and have a bit more personal time before lights-out at 10:30 pm.

In addition to the monthly cost, there’s a $1,150 induction fee and a $200 medical and bus fare fee. Work performed by residents can offset up to $1,050 of the monthly cost.

Staff at the Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center includes Christian counselors and administrative staff, all of whom are graduates of the program. There are about 18 staff members, including interns, while the staff-to-resident ratio can be anywhere from one-to-two to one-to-four. Because Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization, they are exempt from obtaining a state certification or hiring a licensed staff.

Extras

Occasionally, this program escorts residents on outings, such as to the nearby springs or lakes for rest and relaxation. They also frequently hold fundraising events like car washes, which give residents a break from their daily schedule to help raise money for the program.

Once residents finish the program, they can live in on-campus apartments for continued Christian support. They must work while living on-campus and continue living a Christian lifestyle.

In Summary

Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center could be ideal for someone seeking a highly spiritual life guidance program rather than a strict addiction treatment program. The facility boasts a very high success rate, but this figure is a bit controversial in part because it does not reflect the rather high dropout rate.

Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center
3706 S Sanford Ave
Sanford, FL 32773

Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center Cost: $2,100 (30 days). Reach Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center by phone at (407) 330-9600 or by email at [email protected]. Find Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center on Facebook

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  1. Hi, I read your comment above about you experience at Teen Challenge and would love to speak to you about the incidents you went through. I am worried because I have a loved one in the program and I am worried about them. Actually not just me, but others. Please email me. Thank you.

  2. I completed this program in 2003. At 18 I was the youngest person there . Yes I was abusing drugs and admittedly I needed help. I didn’t need more abuse and to be persecuted on a daily basis. I was scared. I am now 31 . I had completely blocked this time of my life out of my life. Please get all information before entering that program. Just please take the time to gather all information. Parents please get all info if you are considering this for your struggling son. I did come out changed and so will your loved one. I was beaten, made fun of, older “recovered” gay staff members lusted after me . Granted one of those men is dead and the other is now back in prison. I began to believe I deserved this abuse because of the things I’ve done. THIS IS NOT A RECOVERY PROGRAM!!! Hope this at least makes someone think twice before going.

    • My son Jose Quiñones was involved in your program and complete it such. I like to thank some of your leaders for not giving up on Jose, however he is having a hard time transitioning to become more independent. One of your pastors felt he had no business staying past his program, and as we speak, my son still on the streets trying to find himself to move forward to become more independent. My only complaint is to this pastor who I wish I remember his name. I feel he is a disgrace to the program, specially if he considers himself a Christian or man of God. Sincerely, Juan Quiñones; 407-760-9921 email [email protected]

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