Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Tea party serves up more than tea

Changing lives for women through Christ, leadership and love is just part of what Louisiana Teen Challenge-Minden has to offer.

"We don't charge monthly for our service. We are a private organization and don't get any government money," said Sandra Boese of Louisiana Teen Challenge.

The rehabilitation program helps women deal with life issues, such as drugs, alcohol, temptation, personal relationships, attitude, anger management, parenting and helping others. Although the name may be deceiving, Teen Challenge offers the ministry program to females ages 17 years and older.

"We have a curriculum that was developed by Teen Challenge, that helps them deal with the issues that brought them here," she said. There are 14 books that deal with each topic. All of these books help build character quality in them, over a year's time."

Women are able to receive life-changing help along with receiving their GED, before leaving the program.

Currently, the Minden site program is acting as a crisis intervention center for single women. The center houses women during the induction phase of the program, which is four months long.

Soon the program will house mothers and their children, ages four and under. An on-site, state-licensed daycare facility will be available for the public and the women in the program.

"There will be rooms for each age children that will be developmentally appropriate for them," said Boese.

The women also learn job-training skills.

"We have 400 blueberry bushes. We will be starting a small cleaning service for churches. We have copyrighted candles that we sell," said Boese.

Teen Challenge will host a free Women's Tea Party Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. to increase awareness of the program.

The public is invited to attend and bring their gloves, hats and tea cup. Testimonies will be provided along with food.

For more information and to RSVP, call 382-0203.






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