Published Newspaper articles from the Kentucky New Era about Challenge House:
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We have had three sessions of AT&T Summer Program students this summer. Our first session was held at Challenge House #2, located at 311 Bryan Street. The second session was held at Challenge House #3, located at 123 South Fowler Street. The third session was held at Challenge House #4, located at 517 North Elm Street. The first session had 17 students participate. The second session had 20 students participate. The third session has 22 students participate. The total number of students for the 2017 summer session was 59, which is an increase of 8 [...]
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“Mr. Wally’ he said, ‘I have something I want to ask you; How come you do what you do”? I was caught completely off guard. I had taken him, a senior in high school, to a community concert, along with a senior girl. (I had gotten to know both through a faith-based summer teen “work-over-welfare” program, known as “AT&T”). After the concert ended, including both teens getting to go backstage to meet the singer, he asked me to give him a ride home, real close to Challenge House #1. Right before we arrived at his house, [...]
It started with a door knock in 2010, over at Challenge House #2. I opened the door, and there she stood: sleek, bashful, determined: "I need help with math". 6 years later she has a job, and is about to graduate from our community college! Fast forward from that door knock; we just had breakfast-lunch at Waffle House---she picked it! ---and left with a take-out box that will provide another meal. I was glad about that! She was 14 back then; 20 now. Her skin-tone is so dark compared to mine, and our ages separate [...]
*A lawyer calls; his yard man has gotten old and sick, and can no longer carry out mowing and yard work at his office. He knows the easy way is to just call a commercial mowing company, but he's read about the work-over-welfare summer programs at Challenge Houses, and calls, "wondering if any of the teens might like work?" In no time we have found a young boy who likes to work and earn, and we connect the two!! A few weeks later I check up, and sure enough they made a deal, and the [...]
I was reading in my Bible this morning: II Chronicles 34:1-3. A boy begin to “seek the God of his father, David’, and 4 years later began ‘purging” his country of its pagan practices. I encourage you to look it up~ In the apartment and in this small office, I have a plaque which reads: Today, Will you be for Others? “Give ear to the cause of the poor and the children without fathers; let those who are troubled and in need have their rights. Be the saviour of the poor and those who have nothing: [...]