Located just outside St. Louis, Missouri, Diane’s House is the women’s branch of the Teen Challenge of St. Louis residential treatment programs. The facility offers faith-based substance abuse treatment, vocational training and education to women who are 18 years and older. The Teen Challenge organization is known for its Christian addiction treatment, which teaches that the key to recovery is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Teen Challenge was founded in New York in 1960 by Pastor David Wilkerson and has since grown to more than 1,000 facilities in 95 countries.
Accommodations and Food
Diane’s House is a large single-family home that accommodates up to 12 women at a time. The home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms that are shared amongst the clients. The common areas include a dining room, living room, kitchen and classrooms. The residence also includes staff offices and lecture rooms.
Three healthy meals a day are prepared and served by the clients, who are all responsible for learning how to cook and maintaining the facility.
Treatment and Staff
The Diane’s House program is 30 days to one year and follows the Teen Challenge model, a phase system that revolves heavily around Christian-based ideals. This includes daily Bible study, devotionals, meditation and church services. Clients learn Bible verses and work individually with a teacher who answers questions and offers guidance. As clients progress, they are encouraged to take money management and GED classes as well as learn about relapse prevention and pursue other adult educational and outreach opportunities.
The vocational aspect involves the women learning everyday life skills such as budgeting, cooking and cleaning, but also offers hands-on work experience including office work. This is intended to help the clients learn new skills for when they leave the program and help them learn responsibility and accountability while in treatment. Clients requiring psychiatric medication and dual diagnosis support are admitted only on a case-by-case basis after a special evaluation. Diane’s House does not offer detox, so clients must complete that process prior to admission.
Staff at the Teen Challenge Women’s Centers includes Christian counselors, volunteers and administrative support, most of whom are graduates of the programs. It also provides its own training curriculum for program graduates who wish to become counselors. Because Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization, staff are not required to have a state counseling certification.
Teen Challenge of St. Louis is a non-profit organization and must raise the funds necessary to sustain all daily operational and administrative costs. The clients are required to participate in the fundraising efforts of the facility as well as volunteering at various charities in the community and schools.
Teen Challenge’s Diane’s House offers an intimate, faith-based program solely based on Christian values. This is a good fit for women seeking a Christian program rather than an evidence-based curriculum. Teen Challenge is a vast and successful organization helping people around the world.
Diane’s House Location
2833 All Gods Children Dr
High Ridge, MO 63049
Diane’s House Cost
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