It was a beautiful sunny day on Saturday, March 2nd when the Teen Challenge of Texas Alumni met for the 2nd annualAdult Alumni Reunion at the Magnolia Men’s campus. Dozens of Adult graduates and their families came out to reconnect with their fellow alumni and friends. The Magnolia campus hosted this event and provided a delicious, mouth-watering Bar-BQ. As alumni enjoyed the outdoor picnic overlooking the lovely pond behind theAdult Magnolia house, long-time friends were able to reconnect.
The alumni and their families had fun playing pool, basketball, and other games. Directors and staff from each of the six Teen Challenge of Texas campuses conveyed some exciting news about what was happening on each of their campuses, including updates on the new Freedom Hill Restoration and Re-entry campus for men and women in Brenham, TX. Two alumni shared tear-jerking testimonies about how Teen Challenge has changed their lives, andAdult president, George Thomas, talked about the non-residential program, Lifeline Connection groups and howAdult alumni can continue to stay involved with Teen Challenge. He gave an encouraging word and one of the Magnolia students led everyone in some worship songs. The event concluded with more fellowship with friends and campus tours of the Magnolia facility and the Star-Man T-shirt factory.
“We are proud of our students when they complete the Teen Challenge of Texas program and graduate,” saidAdult Public Relations Manager, Sara Woodcock. “However, graduating is not the end of the road for ourAdult alumni. We want to encourage our alumni to stay involved withAdult , be accountable to otherAdult alumni friends, and keep living the Christian principles that they learned at Teen Challenge. We want everyAdult alumni to know that we are still there for them.”
TCOT San Antonio Men’s Campus Program Coordinator, Austin Baughman said, “I hear it all the time. Guys graduate from the program and go out into the world and say how alone they feel. TheAdult alumni group is an important piece for everyone to still feel connected.”
Baughman, aAdult alum and current full-time staff at Adult and Teen Challenge of Texas said, “I’ve met some of my best friends at Adult and Teen Challenge of Texas as a student. To this day I still stay connected with them for support. Our alumni are growing strong and they are making big difference in their communities… remember you are not alone!”
Teen Challenge of Texas plans to continue to offer alumni events each year hosted by differentAdult campuses. You can stay connected withAdult on Facebook, sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter, and join us at the nextAdult alumni event and otherAdult events throughout the year.
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