Minnesota Teen Challenge, Inc.

Freedom From Addiction Starts Here

aka Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge or MnTC   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.mntc.org

Mission

For over 30 years, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to teens and adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Our mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Our goal is to evaluate the core issues of mind, body and spirit, find solutions, and teach transitional life skills that enable both teens and adults the ability to re-join their families and become contributing members of their families and communities.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Rev. Richard Scherber

Main address

740 East 24th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55404 USA

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Formerly known as

Minnesota Teen Challenge

EIN

41-1517351

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Addiction to drugs and alcohols affects every demographic of our communities. From fetal alcohol syndrome to elderly citizens become addicted to opioids, the number of Americans addicted to substances is growing at an epidemic proportion. Children are beginning to use and abuse substances at an earlier age and the increased availability of more lethal substances have increased the death rates in all age populations. In addition to the harms of individuals, the addiction epidemic is having negative consequences on almost every aspect of society. More children are being place in foster care because of drug addicted parents. Our criminal justice system is overburden by crimes related to drug us. Our health care and emergency response systems are responding an ever increasing number of acute crises. No state, city, community or small town has been immune to the addiction epidemic.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Long Term Recovery

Building a Solid Foundation

Our long-term faith-based residential recovery program assists individuals in gaining freedom from drug and alcohol addiction and other life-controlling problems. Clients work to overcome self-destructive patterns associated with their substance use while receiving co-occurring mental health support and counseling.
•Accept – Recognition of destructive habits and thoughts that lead to substance abuse.
•Heal – Focus on healing the wounds of any trauma, past failures, and broken relationships.
•Discover – Through character development and spiritual growth, an individual will identify personal strengths and set individual goals.
•Practice – Transitioning into the future includes employment/educational plans, housing, financial planning, relationship skills, support system evaluation, leadership skills, and relapse prevention.

Additional Information:*




•Individual Pastoral Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy & Small Groups
•Licensed psychologists for co-occurring and mental health services
•Tailored assignments or “contracts” to meet individual needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Evidence-Based Therapeutic Models
This residential program serves men, women, and teens (over 16 years of age), utilizing evidence-based practices such as the 12-Steps, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and integrated mental and chemical health services. A faith-based track is available upon request. The multidisciplinary staff approach is motivational, strength-based, and relationally focused. We also offer life-skills development to enhance client’s coping and social skills.

Additional Information:*
• Faith based and secular treatment options available
• Evidence-based practices include CBT, DBT, 12-Step
• Family education; individual and family therapy available
• On-site psychologists and mental health professionals

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Treatment Options that Fit in Your Life

Clients are provided with a supportive community, a faith-based track (available upon request), and multiple payment options including self-pay, insurance, or county funding. The program is approximately eighteen weeks; the initial phase is three evening groups a week and the transitional phase is one evening group a week.

Additional Information:*
• Individual and group counseling
• Family Educational Programming
• Integrates faith and evidence based addiction treatment approaches
• Individualized treatment plans.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Lakeside Academy is a faith-based residential treatment center for boys aged 13-18 years, who are heading down the wrong path due to substance use, anger management, and other behavioral issues. Set on 48 acres in the Buffalo, MN area, Lakeside Academy offers licensed treatment, mental health and other counseling services, and onsite education including conventional, online, and project based learning – all in a camp environment.
Services Include:
•Licensed residential chemical dependency treatment: 30-90 days
•Most students stay at Lakeside Academy for 6-12 months, depending on the individual’s needs. Typically the longer clients stay, the better the outcome.
•Mental health services, based on medical need, including co-occurring disorders
•Parent Involvement – weekends, special events, student passes
•Students at Lakeside Academy are enrolled in local Southwest Metro school district (Intermediate School District 288)

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Adolescents

Know the Truth is an evidence-based substance use prevention program targeting teenagers in Minnesota. We speak to over 58,000 students per year in over 160 high schools and middle schools throughout the state. Our program is built on evidence based principles. Using a peer to peer format, our presenters share their personal stories and struggles with substance use, stripping away any glamour or myths that may exist.


•Classroom, large assembly, and student small group formats
•Data driven, customized presentations for school specific needs



Beyond the Classroom

Know the Truth also works to invest in our communities across Minnesota. We partner with schools, community leaders, professionals and other concerned adults to lead and educate the greater community in prevention awareness. Our mission is to advocate a well-rounded approach that goes beyond the student and impacts their environment.


•Know the Truth Exhibit: Cracking the Code of Teen Substance Use
•Education on local drug trends, warning signs, and ways to intervene

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Mn Adult & Teen Challenge provides a variety of support and networking to assist clients and alumni in their long-term, sustained recovery.



Career & Life Courses

During their program, residents are given the opportunity to increase their employment and life skill sets by participating in various equipping courses:
•Career Workshop
•Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM)
•Boilers Licensing
•Custodial and Maintenance Training
•Financial Literacy



Transitional Services During Program

In the last segments of programming, residents are provided with up-to-date information on:
•Resume preparation, soft skill and job search assistance
•Employment and educational opportunities
•Housing options
•Support groups, mentors



Transitional Services After Graduation
•Access to computer lab for help with resumes, applications and employment search
•Celebrate Recovery and support group resources
•Ongoing housing and employment resources



Teen Challenge Leadership Institute

Our Teen Challenge Leadership Institute (TCLI) is continued education option for individuals that have completed the 13+ month Long-term Program. This year-long school is designed for individuals who desire a structured and supervised community living environment to maintain their sobriety and effectively transition back into society.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2018

Awards

Best Practice Award 2010

Governor's Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives

Most Trusted Non-profits 2018

Charity Reviews Council

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2018

Best Addiction Treatment Centers - Newsweek/Statistica 2020

Top 175 Workplaces - Star Tribune 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students receiving information on alcohol and other drug use

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

"Know the Truth" Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of program graduates who report no use in the the prior six months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Long Term Recovery

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Precent of program clients who work full-time or are a full-time student after graduation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

Long Term Recovery

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

percentage

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Because Minnesota Adult Teen Challenge uses a comprehensive approach to addiction, we believe that the addiction epidemic can be overcome. MnTC is unique in the treatment of addiction because it first aims to prevent the behaviors that lead to addiction. Through year-round school presentations and community seminars, our “Know the Truth” prevention program educates youth, parents, and community members on the dangers and warning signs of drug use.

For those suffering from addiction issues, MnTC’s aim is to offer the appropriate level of care to any person seeking help no matter their age, race, gender or economic status. Our goal is to evaluate the core issues of mind, body and spirit, discover solutions, and teach transitional life skills that enable both teens and adults the ability to re-join their families and become contributing members of society. We believe that a person can recover from addiction and a lead healthy, purposeful life when given the care and resources needed.

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge employs a comprehensive approach to solving our communities’ addiction issues. This allows us to offer a broad spectrum of services which provide the appropriate level of care.
This approach is illustrated by four pillars:
1) Prevention: educate students, teachers, parents, and other community stakeholders on the dangers of initiating drug/alcohol use and intervene when necessary.
2) Treatment: Offer evidenced-based programming through a highly trained, multi-disciplinary staff that can address both addiction and other mental health issues.
3) Long-Term Recovery: This program offers clients the time, tools and care that allow them heal, restore, and recover using a biblically-based approach.
4) Aftercare: Through job-readiness training, continuing education opportunities, safe transitional housing, graduates of our programs are able to be embedded in a faith and recovery community that supports their continue growth and sobriety.

Through effective management and shrewd financial planning, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MNTC) has vastly expanded its capacity to serve in the last four years. Our geographic reach with campuses in Minneapolis, Rochester, Duluth, Brainerd and Buffalo means that services are available to all Minnesotans. Each of these campuses offer the full spectrum of MnTC programming and in total we serve on average 700 clients per day.

The quality of addiction services we provide is just as important as our capacity. Our multi-disciplinary staff includes mental health professionals, addiction professionals, chaplains, psychiatrists, nurses and peer support specialists. The continued recruitment of highly trained and motivated personnel is central to MnTC’s strategic plan.

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge’s expansion and fiscal health continues to allow us to serve more people each day. But the most important factor, the one central to our mission, is the number of clients who are now leading healthy, purposeful, and sober lives.

The Wilder Foundation for Research conducted an independent outcome study of MnTC graduates that found:

 Abstinence and Substance Use:
 80% of graduates reported 0-1 uses since graduating from MnTC
 67% of graduates reported no use in the past 6 months prior to the survey
 Opioids: 89% of graduates with a history of opioid abuse reported no opioid use in the 6 months prior to the survey
 Compared to before MnTC, 92% reported Health:improved physical health and 86% reported mental health was somewhat or a lot better now
 80% said their relationships with Relationships:family members had improved
Sobriety and Continued Use Factors
 The top three supports for maintaining sobriety were: connection to faith/faith community (76%); a personal change in attitude, maturity or sense of self (38%); and, relationships with family/significant other (36%).
 The top three factors contributing to continued substance use: not enough support – isolation/not going to meetings (39%); Mental health issues – grief/loss, depression, trauma, cognitive issues (36%); and wanting to use – making bad decisions (36%).
Other Outcomes at Follow-up
 78% were working full-time Working or in school: and/or enrolled in school
 Respondents were significantly less likely to Housing: be homeless at follow-up compared to intake. 34% reported living in their own house or apartment; 24% with friends or relatives; 19% in transitional housing.
 Few respondents were involved with Criminal Justice: the criminal justice system since graduation: 10% had been arrested; 9% incarcerated; 8% on probation; and, 7% had been charged with a new crime.
 55% of respondents were engaged with a Aftercare: mentor/sponsor; 57% reported attending a substance use support group; 33% were receiving professional mental health services; and, 85% were involved with a local church.
Feedback about Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
 92% of respondents felt the MnTC program was outstanding or very good. The top three aspects “that helped the most” include: faith-based support and activities (43%); relationships with and help from staff (30%); and mental health services (17%).
 When asked if their “personal circumstances have improved since graduating MnTC”, 100% responded that this was True/Mostly true.

Financials

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Minnesota Teen Challenge, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jay Coughlan

Consultant, Author, Speaker

Term: 2020 - 2022

Chuck Beske

Beske, Flanigan and Associates

Bill Bojan

Integrated Governance Solutions

Mark Dean

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Peter Murlowski

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Chuck Shreffler

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John Roise

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Rich Scherber

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Chris Thibodeaux

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Chris Glasoe

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Mark Hanson

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Michael Smith

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Jay Coughlan

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Ann Morse

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Eric Vagle

COO MnTC Inc.

Bill Nersesian

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Laurel Bunker

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Jeff Verdoorn

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Tom Major

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data