Monday, November 11, 2013

Teen Challenge : Your Tax Dollars Funding Abusive Rehab Centers

Government Funding of Teen Challenge in Florida

Teen Challenge of  Florida Inc. is not licensed or regulated by the Florida Department of Eduction.  Florida Statue 409.176 is the legislation that gives religious residential child-care facilities licensing exemption if they DO NOT receive state or federal funds.  But Teen Challenge Florida is receiving government grant money.
2007  They reported $74, 455.00 in government grants
2008  They reported $409,470 in government grants
2009  They reported $839,816 in government grants
2010  Information in not yet available from public records
Teen Challenge of Florida Inc. 24 West 10th Street, Columbus, Georgia 31901  IRS Employer ID # 59-2479228
According to the FACCCA's website it is FL Statue 409.176 which allows a religious organization exemption from licensing and regulation by the state. This was instituted in 1984.  FACCCA does not accredit Teen Challenge of Florida Inc. 
The Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies is the accrediting authority in the state of Florida for children’s homes, and certain other ministries involved in the care and nurturing of children in a Christian environment.  FACCCA operates under the provision of Florida Statute 409.176 which was instituted in 1984.  This provision allows faith-based childcare providers to elect FACCCA accreditation as an alternative to state licensing.  All organizations seeking FACCCA accreditation must comply with the regulations set forth by Florida Statute as well as the standards established by FACCCA.  Currently there are 29 accredited member organizations and 6 associate members.

4 comments:

  1. I need Help! My brother got murder in Teen Challenge in Bayamon PR and the center doesn't want to come forward to prosecute the bastards responsible! Please help! I don't know what else to do. The police is investigating but it has been 7 months and nothing yet. How are they allow to get grants? What about emergency protocols? I need to find justice for my brother. #justiciaparamaiky justiciaparamaiky@gmail.com

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    1. I suggest you contact an attorney ASAP and start a civil suit against them. Hit them where it hurts, their waller

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  2. I am a graduate of Central Florida TC, in Sanford which is a facility not unused to scandal. It seems that Teen Challenge has taken a life of its own. I believe in the vision David Wilkerson had, but since his death (which wouldn't surprise me if it had been an inside job) Teen Challenge has become nothing short of a slave labor camp focused on money, and the love of it has leadership drunk. I endured the trials to graduate and made me a stronger person. Go's is there no matter what. Prior to a Mr Gregg Hammond, there were scandals with sex, drugs but mainly money. The place had set up phone rooms generating an estimated $30,000 a month with a thrift store to wash the income. It baffles me that the while hasn't been blown on this organization. It trully angers me. Hurting people who need a real show of Hands of God in their life come to such a place and only leave disillusioned and worse off because the corruption in the administration. A few time I wrote letters to upper management and not a thing was done because money was being made and money is the issue. A scandal was revealed and only because parents got together and brought got the news involved. Credit card numbers were being stolen from customers from students in the phone rooms, staff got fired including the director. Enter Greg Hammond, who was as genuine as a person as I've ever met with passion to father sons in the Spirit, to renew minds, to speak and wash with Truth and he helped put the Sanford location on a righteous path. Unfortunately money wasn't being made as fast as corporate wanted and he was relieved of his duties with less than 2 years @ Sanford Central FL center. That after him stepping down from being Regional leader because he felt the real tug of God calling him to be a director. After Greg Hammond a Darren Gillespie came to be director. It was a joke from the beginning, I personally watched this man, walk in boxers shorts stumbling high on some kind of downers, slurred speech, yelling at students, firing staff, setting new familiar friends from his circle as staff. Letters, complaints were sent out to corporate, regional office, scanned complaints, petitions etc, etc. Nothing was ever done. Why? Easy, corporate loves this guy because he seems to generate money, so they turn a blind eye to his folly. Nearly a year has passed and again, he has been observed in irrational behaviors. His manager Mike Thompson is a mold of a religious spirit in a church setting. Together they terrorize students and staff. Nothing is ever done. Nothing. Hopelessly we go on. I'm working on getting news channels involved and if it's God's will, then something will be done. Something has to be done. God eventually allows people like that to fall to their own demise. Very words of the Bible, and of Greg Hammond. Anonymous.

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  3. I am a graduate of Central Florida TC, in Sanford which is a facility not unused to scandal. It seems that Teen Challenge has taken a life of its own. I believe in the vision David Wilkerson had, but since his death (which wouldn't surprise me if it had been an inside job) Teen Challenge has become nothing short of a slave labor camp focused on money, and the love of it has leadership drunk. I endured the trials to graduate and made me a stronger person. Go's is there no matter what. Prior to a Mr Gregg Hammond, there were scandals with sex, drugs but mainly money. The place had set up phone rooms generating an estimated $30,000 a month with a thrift store to wash the income. It baffles me that the while hasn't been blown on this organization. It trully angers me. Hurting people who need a real show of Hands of God in their life come to such a place and only leave disillusioned and worse off because the corruption in the administration. A few time I wrote letters to upper management and not a thing was done because money was being made and money is the issue. A scandal was revealed and only because parents got together and brought got the news involved. Credit card numbers were being stolen from customers from students in the phone rooms, staff got fired including the director. Enter Greg Hammond, who was as genuine as a person as I've ever met with passion to father sons in the Spirit, to renew minds, to speak and wash with Truth and he helped put the Sanford location on a righteous path. Unfortunately money wasn't being made as fast as corporate wanted and he was relieved of his duties with less than 2 years @ Sanford Central FL center. That after him stepping down from being Regional leader because he felt the real tug of God calling him to be a director. After Greg Hammond a Darren Gillespie came to be director. It was a joke from the beginning, I personally watched this man, walk in boxers shorts stumbling high on some kind of downers, slurred speech, yelling at students, firing staff, setting new familiar friends from his circle as staff. Letters, complaints were sent out to corporate, regional office, scanned complaints, petitions etc, etc. Nothing was ever done. Why? Easy, corporate loves this guy because he seems to generate money, so they turn a blind eye to his folly. Nearly a year has passed and again, he has been observed in irrational behaviors. His manager Mike Thompson is a mold of a religious spirit in a church setting. Together they terrorize students and staff. Nothing is ever done. Nothing. Hopelessly we go on. I'm working on getting news channels involved and if it's God's will, then something will be done. Something has to be done. God eventually allows people like that to fall to their own demise. Very words of the Bible, and of Greg Hammond. Anonymous.

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