The opening of MN Adult & Teen Challenge Lakeside Academy is an answer to the prayers of many. For years, the Teen Boys’ Program of MnTC existed in a building just south of downtown Minneapolis, not deemed safe for any outdoor activities. Our new location sits on 48 acres of beautiful, rural lakefront property which allows boys to be boys, enjoying the great outdoors and learning from God’s creation.
One of the amazing aspects of our property is our beachfront on Lake Charlotte. The boys utilize the beach daily for relaxing, swimming, fishing, and boating. However, it is in need of repair to restore areas of erosion and bring this space up to its’ fullest potential for year round usage. Some of the items included in this renovation are: 12’ boat landing, lakeshore boulders, extensive excavation and landscaping, pavers and seating areas, fire rings, and a volleyball court.
Here are some quotes from our teen boys about the importance of the lakefront:
“I use the lakefront every day. It gives all of us opportunities to do fun things individually and together.” Trevor
“Being at the lake relieves stress for me.” Noah
“I would use it more if it got cleaned up and we could have more activities down there.” Jonny
“I use the lake every day. It makes my program way more enjoyable and helps me want to stay here.” Trent
One of our donors is offering a match gift of $75,000 to raise an additional $75,000 to complete this project! We hope you will prayerfully consider being a part of this needed property improvement. All gifts qualifying for the matching gift need to be received by October 31, 2017. Thank you for being a part of this family of supporters, helping others find their way to true freedom from addiction.
Please feel free to contact Darsi Beasley with any questions you may have at 612-238-6178.