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Teen Challenge brings families and jobs to Columbus

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - An international company moves its headquarters to Columbus, bringing new jobs and help to our community.

Teen Challenge is a faith-based program that helps young adults battling addiction and behavior issues, and now they have decided to relocate from Orlando, Florida.

President and CEO Jerry Nance says the decision to come to Columbus was simple, "We were really considering where to relocate and as our organization has grown we realized Columbus would be a great spot to be between all our centers."

The new Columbus location will oversee the daily business of more than 1,000 Teen Challenge centers in 84 countries.

"These corporate offices here help us administer HR, accounting and all that for this whole region and we're glad to host and celebrate the grand opening," Nance told News Leader Nine.

Nance said the move brings new jobs to the area, "We've already hired a number of new employees and there should be upwards of 60 to 70 employees in this facility in the coming months."

Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington attended the grand opening and said, "We got 60 to 70 new jobs. There's a lot of good things happening in our city. As I said, I think we live in a blessed city and there's a lot of good things happening."

The move also relocates more families using the Teen Challenge, to Columbus.

"We have moved about ten families into the Columbus area and we have several more families moving in later this year," added Nance.

The Teen Challenge International opened its location on 10th Street in April, but Monday was the official grand opening, giving the public a chance to tour the facility and get to know more about the company.

If you'd like more information on their programs you can call Teen Challenge at (706)596-8731 or visit the website at www.teenchallenge.cc

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