November 2-5, representatives of 12 countries gathered for the annual Fall Leadership Retreat, in Ireland. Four amazing days of spiritual emphasis, teaching, meeting, sharing, praying, fellowship, and visiting the Teen Challenge centers in Ireland.
Teen Challenge Macedonia was officially founded in 1995. Their goal is to offer successful and complete rehabilitation and reintegration into society for those who are often referred to as "the bottom" of society. The want to show that the root of the addiction problem is a lack of attention, love and understanding, will and time for the problems of the young adults.
Teen Challenge Macedonia was officially founded in 1995 by Rev. Jonatan Vlaisavljevic, MTh, Mr. Sci. in Social politics and his wife Dr. Valentina Vlaisavljevic, Mr. Sci. in Clinical Psychology, in the capital city, Skopje. Since it’s beginning, they held many seminars throughout the country for the entire ethnic and religious cross section of Macedonia’s culturally rich society. For some time, they had the ability to hold one on one counseling in the Skopje City Hall. This has now been superseded and integrated into their Turning Point program within their organization. In order to maintain a consistently high quality of care, the staff members have regularly attended courses and seminars in different Teen Challenge Leadership training seminars worldwide.
As an organization, they have come a long way since 1995. The original headquarters was located in a corner in the pastor’s apartment. They now own two houses, which are used as residential rehabilitation centers for men. The national office is also there. The Turning Point program is coordinated from the same national administration center but group sessions are held in the church.
Since June 2004, they have been running a rehab program. Their work has been recognized by the governmental officials. As a result of that, Teen Challenge Macedonia became a part of the Coordinative Body of the City of Skopje, that is making decisions regarding how to deal with the drug problem in the capital.
Successful and complete rehabilitation and reintegration in the society of those that are usually called “the bottom” of the society. With our work we want to show that the root of the addiction problem is lack of attention, love and understanding, will and time for the problems of the young adults.
Due to the lack of fundings our residential center is not operating at the moment. Our re-entry center and national office operate in Living Free Curriculum, counseling, preparing potential students/clients for other TC centers, youth outreach, discipleship, emerging leaders development, coaching leaders, pastoral conferences & training, and soon launching Coffee House ministry.