iSurf News contacted Western Kentucky Teen Challenge Executive Director, Mark Wells, to find out more on what the event/speech consisted of and what the organization is all about.
“It went really well,” said Mark. “You know, we’re a non-profit group that doesn’t endorse any political candidates. He came out here because he wanted to take a tour of the facility and see what we were offering.”
As far as the speech itself, Mark explained that, “Basically, the gist of his speech was that he wanted the solution to the ‘drug epidemic’ to come from local venues rather than from federal venues. He focused on the idea of communities coming together and coming up with a solution, such as Teen Challenge. We don’t use any taxes. This building is built debt-free. The taxpayer is not funding this operation. So, it was basically just the idea that the solution should come from communities rather than the federal government.”
“A lot of people asked questions, and it seemed that a recurring theme was prescription drugs,” said Mark. “Kentucky is pretty notorious for prescription drug abuse and meth. It seems like those are the 2 biggest things we see coming through here and that came up a couple times.”
Western KY’s Teen Challenge was formed in 2007 through the generous support of our community. Though the group maintained their first center in Nebo, KY, they have since made the Wingshadow Lodge their headquarters, which occurred in October 2009, noted Mark. The locally-based regional group is made up of men participating in a faith-based, 12-month residential program. Those participating have ranged in age from 18-60 years-old. During the program, participants perform various services within our local community while also gaining faith-based perspectives and/or solutions to drug-related issues.
For more information on Western Kentucky’s Teen Challenge, such as how to donate or how to receive help (they do have several beds currently available), you may contact them by phone at (270) 639-7366. You may also find them online at the following address: http://www.westktc.org/.
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