I grew up in a very loving middleclass family. I went to Sunday School and church regularly and was active in sports. I went to college, graduated Magna Cum Laude and landed an incredible first job right out of school. Not the picture of a daily meth, heroin and gambling addict. Addiction and evil have no boundaries, and within a short time of starting a promising career in Health Care Administration, I was hopeless and broken. I spiraled from bad to worse.
Stealing from the people I loved the most and making very bad financial and relationship choices are just the tip of the iceberg of the problems that drove me literally into the ground. But God sent an angel on a very cold December day in 2012. That angel was my Mom.
She found me hundreds of miles from home, on the streets freezing cold with nothing but the clothes on my back. She took me home where I spent three days with my family. The day after Christmas, she delivered me to Teen Challenge Milwaukee, where I spent two years learning about the power of forgiveness and the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Fast forward and now I am blessed to be working for the ministry. During my time in Milwaukee, Pastor Craig Harper told me about Brooklyn Teen Challenge and planted the seed that this is the place for me. I am grateful he never gave up on the thought because he helped me get here, and now I am the Development Director where Teen Challenge was born 60 years ago.
I liken my role as to that of a coach. Truth be told, I have always wanted to be a coach, and the Lord has called me to coach in this unique way. I develop fundraising game plans, execute on the strategy to win and motivate my team to be the best they can be with the goal of raising money to sustain and grow the ministry of Brooklyn Teen Challenge. We are meeting our goals, and at the same time look for new and innovative ways to generate income so we can embrace broken and hopeless addicts and show them that there is a better way with Jesus. All of this to the glory of God.
God also put on my heart to enroll in the Brooklyn Teen Challenge School of Ministry through Global University where I am studying to become a Pastor. I want to work with disadvantaged youth; coaching and loving them to know their Savior and to find peace and love through ways other than with drugs.
If you or a loved one is struggling with drug and/or alcohol Addiction and in need of Treatment Services, please contact Adult and Teen Challenge Wisconsin today at 414-748-HELP(4357) or email Intake@teenchallengeonline.com. We offer many services including the following but not limited to;
- Free alcohol & drug rehabilitation as well as other drug abuse (AODA) treatment programs
- Heroin and Opiate help
- Residential Treatment Centers for both men and women
- Sober living houses