Shane Lambert’s Story

My name is Shane Lambert and I came to Teen Challenge Cincinnati from Sidney, Ohio. When I arrived, I was self-serving and had issues of self-control.

My inwardly fixated life led me to a reckless lifestyle of drug use, lack of discipline
and self-awareness. The Men’s Ranch gave me the chance to evaluate my life
and gain new perspective of my identity. Moreover, it changed my life’s trajectory.

Funny how life’s events can make or break a person. I was working in the shop by
myself on a weed trimmer and noticed a bird trapped in the eaves.

I climbed up there to get the bird out to safety, later realizing what I had done was not just reckless but dangerous. “That’s when I had the revelation that moved my internal
compass – God’s love is reckless.”

Learning and practicing self-control was much more than staying clean. It is in
every way being obedient to God and His will for my life. I traded a lack of discipline for the discipline of prayer, Bible study and serving others. Consistently applying self-control and other great tools I learned at Teen Challenge Cincinnati was necessary for the success of my future. 

For me it involved going back to work right away, saving and climbing out of debt while continuing to look for ways to serve others.

I’m back in Sidney, working and in the process of getting my real estate license. My beautiful bride, Audrey, works as an educator at St. Mary’s High School. I will always be connected to the community at the Men’s Ranch and the staff and mentors that helped change my life. I will endeavor to carry it forward.

James Brooks Story

I was the fourth child out of six and was born and raised in Covington, KY, just across the river from Cincinnati. My dad was hurt in the military and we had to survive on a fixed income, so if I wanted something, I had to find a way on my own to get it. From an early age I started selling drugs and worked as much as I could. 

I always thought if I could just get enough money or stuff, people would like me, and I would be loved. All this did was leave me empty inside and always looking for what would fix me.

With enough hard work and knowledge, I was able to start my own company, so to the world I was successful – but I was still missing something. I swapped addictions until God was the only thing I hadn’t tried. 

My whole life I loved a challenge, so when my pastor pointed this place out, I agreed. 

Then we called Jeremy Long and he told me that Cincinnati Teen Challenge Men’s Ranch makes warriors for Christ and that it was not a rehab, I was in! When I got to the Men’s Ranch it was a culture shock. The love that was shown to me and the way they lived life was unlike anything I had ever seen. They loved me in spite of my wrong doings and of what I could do. This is what really challenged me to change. The times I thought I should get punished, we prayed. 
I realize now that the true heart of a warrior is made from the inside out. 

Life changing. On top of that I completed my GED there proving I can now do hard things in Christ. 
Lord, help me to show this kind of love to everyone I come in contact with!