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A Major Non-Profit Moves To Columbus, Bringing Jobs and a Mission With Them

At first glance, these girls look like normal teenagers waiting for church to begin, happy and content with their lives at the moment.

But what people don't see is how much they all have suffered in their past.

"We all feel like we have no hope, like there is no point for us to keep trying," said Kayla Wagers, who is in the Teen Challenge Program.

These girls all live and go to school at the Yucci Center in Seale, Alabama.

It's part of Teen Challenge, an international program designed to help people who have hit rock bottom turn their lives around.

Men, women, girls and boys come to different centers around the southeast to try and kick their addictive and abusive habits.

"Most of them have hit bottom.  They tried AA, NA, 30-day, 90-day programs and they are still struggling and still unable to hold down a job," said Claude Moneyhan, the Director of Columbus Women Teen Challenge.

The Woman's Center at St. Andrews is just one small part of a larger worldwide mission. Teen Challenge programs can be found in over 92 countries around the globe, and now their headquarters have moved to Columbus.

"With 30 teen programs in 27 cities in six states around the region, as well as global teen challenge is now moving to Columbus," said Jerry Nance, the President and CEO of Teen Challenge.

Those who graduated from the teen challenge program say this organization opened their eyes to what they really could achieve in the world.

"It's not all about me, that's the best thing I could have learned in this program, it's not about me, its something bigger," said Teresa Mercer, a Teen Challenge Graduate.

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