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Trees of Hope: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge's Expansion Project

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge is now undergoing an expansion project, with the goal of helping more people battling addiction than ever before. Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge is now undergoing an expansion project, with the goal of helping more people battling addiction than ever before. |  Photo: Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge

Ryan Juntti
Updated: December 22, 2019 06:17 PM

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge is now undergoing an expansion project, with the goal of helping more people battling addiction than ever before.

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Much like the people who are trying to rebuild their lives, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge is working to build a new space for those battling addiction.

Currently, men are living in tight spaces with multiple roommates. To allow for more space, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Center Director Brandon Torgerson says they have purchased the Chatham building located next to their old one.

The building is currently being remodeled, but when finished, men will live in studio, one, and two bedroom apartments.

"It'll be a better experience for our clients. They won't have five roommates anymore," said Torgerson.

And while it may not look like much on the inside right now, the men are excited to see what's in store when the building is restored.

"We're going to be able to have more privacy. We're going to have more space to have more personalized studies," said Ilya, a program participant at Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge.

And Torgerson believes with a restored building comes an increased effort to reach out to those who need it most.

"We want to, with the help of our community together as a treatment provider, to help more people than ever before, who need it find freedom from addiction," said Torgerson.

When the transition is complete, the current building will be used for recreation rooms, with the hope of also building a new chapel. 

They plan on starting construction in February, and the hope is to have clients moved in by sometime next year.

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Ryan Juntti

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