Who We Are
Adult & Teen Challenge Mercy House of Georgetown is a 14 month men's residential Christian discipleship program. Our mission is to provide adult men an effective and comprehensive Christian faith- based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order to become productive members of society. By applying biblical principles, Mercy House Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.
To enter our 14 month men's residential Christian discipleship program, we ask for a $700 induction fee which covers part of the cost of curriculum and housing. However, this contribution only goes so far. There is also a $185 blood test fee, unless the blood work is done by the student's private doctor. A TB skin test is required before admission. We also encourage the families or sponsors who can provide monthly support, ranging from $100 to $250 a month, to partner with us, in order to see the lives of men changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Estimates show that our costs range from $800 to $1000 per month per student to operate Mercy House Teen Challenge. We are a 501(c)(3), and do not receive any State or Federal funding, so all of our needs are met through donations and monthly support from our faithful Mercy House family, as well as churches who believe in this ministry. We also generate finances through our outside work details, fundraisers, and rallies. We know that, if we strive to the best of our abilities, God will be faithful and provide the rest.
What We Do
We believe that idle time is a weapon of the enemy that can attack those vulnerable to addiction. So we incorporate hard work and Biblical principles into the lives of these men. Our mornings are spent learning God's Word through journaling, teaching videos, and classroom instruction. The afternoons are devoted to working with our hands through daily activities like housekeeping chores, maintaining the garden, and providing quality services with our industries such as: Mercy House Manna Deli, Mercy House Teen Challenge Car Wash, manufacturing hand crafted crosses in our wood shop, and community job details that range in various charitable works. Finally the evenings consist of either an outside speaker, chapel/church, study hall, and ends with nightly prayer.
Our program is divided into two phases. The first phase takes up to approximately 6 months to complete, considering the individual's aptitude. During this time they will learn the importance of accountability as they are led through the 14 books of Group Studies for New Christians (a part of the Teen Challenge curriculum.) These books teach the fundamentals of how to become a successful Christian. Throughout this course they are quizzed and tested. Students are also required to do scripture memorization throughout this phase, as well as projects from a workbook that provides 49 character qualities of a Godly man.
After completion of all First Phase requirements, our Advanced Training, or Second Phase, is the beginning of a deeper look into the Bible. The Word is where God is, and where we find His purpose for us. As of 2013, we are in the process of expanding our curriculum with the help of local teachers and pastors who have a passion for giving the wider sense of scripture. We have plans of building our curriculum, as God provides the capable laborers to facilitate this endeavor.