Hi, my name is Dan, I was born in Richland, Washington and grew up in a number of places mostly located on the West Coast. We had to move a lot mostly because of my step fathers job.
At the age of 15 I moved to Montana to live with my biological dad. My father was a pipe fitter who worked mostly in fuel processing. When I arrived in Montana my father bought a keg of beer to celebrate his son being home. Drinking quickly became a problem for me and within a year I moved back to my moms.
In the 10th grade I quit school to go work in Alaska at a company that processed fish.
In Thanksgiving of 2016 I lost a ten year career at COSTCO because of a dirty UA. I fell into a deep depression turning to my past time comforter, the bottle. By this time I also had obtained three DUI’s in Oregon, California, and Washington.
In October of 2016, one of my cousins was invited to the Teen Challenge Wisconsin Banquet with special speaker Dr. Ben Carson. After hearing about Teen Challenge my cousin recommended the program to me. On March 10th of last year I found myself arriving here in Milwaukee at the Teen Challenge “Center of Hope.”
During this past year in the program, I have memorized over 250 verses of scripture and successfully finished all of the required PSNC and GSNC classes. After graduation this month I will be flying back to Seattle to be with my wife and family.
In Psalms 30:2 David stated: “O Lord my God, I cried out to You and You healed me.” Thanks for making a place like this available for me.
During this last year the Lord has helped me immensely. I am rebuilding my life in Christ. I graduated last month and will be entering Brooklyn Teen Challenge School of Ministry in October. Thank you for supporting Teen Challenge Wisconsin! Your support helps those struggling with addiction find freedom.
I was tired of getting high. I wanted to stop but didn’t know how. I decided to go to the Mental Health Complex because I knew it was a safe place where I could get help. There, a priest told me that Jesus was the only one that could help me. He told me about Teen Challenge.