My name is Cory Myers and I am twenty-six years old. In April of 2019 I entered Cleveland Teen Challenge which I successfully completed in September of 2019. From there I immediately came to Cincinnati Teen Challenge Men’s Ranch to successfully complete their full phase program May 1 of 2020.
I was introduced to marijuana at the age of 10. By hanging around “friends” at the age of 14 I was introduced to cocaine. But it was the frequent use of marijuana that became my impediment to completing high school. I had been on an Adderall script since about 14 but I was also abusing that and selling it for other drugs. I would float between different jobs and do part time work like mowing lawns.
Because of an altercation with a relative, I was charged with domestic violence and theft. The result was a four year sentence. Following a year of incarceration I was awarded judicial release. For three months after that, I was doing fine. As good as one can do without God in their life. But events and circumstance led me back to using. After a year I was a real mess. Now, I never personally had much of a spiritual life, short of the testimony and admonishing from my Grandma and my mom. During a binge, I clearly heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “Son you are going to die unless you change your ways.” Even though those around me thought I was crazy and tried to convince me otherwise, the next day I turned myself in knowing I would be found violating parole.
Following two months in jail, I had my day in court. While in the holding room, with about five others, I got down on my knees and cried out to God, “If you show me you will not give up on me, I will show you I will not give up on you.” Appearing before the judge, thinking he is going to throw the book at me, he instead offered to send me to Teen Challenge, even though ít was against his better judgement. I had never heard of Teen Challenge before this.
When I came to Teen Challenge, I was lost and on a mission to find that missing piece (peace) to my life. I believed in a rules bases form of salvation and faith with no concept of a relationship with God. For instance, I thought I could live my life full of sin, then, because I confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior I would be all right.
Since coming to Teen Challenge, God has transformed, blessed, and showed Himself to me in so many ways. He has shown me the meaning of His love and the value I am because of it. And not just to be loved but how to walk in it. I now understand how it feels to be truly forgiven and how to truly forgive others. He has taught me patience. Many times, I had wanted to walk away from the Ranch, but now, I finish with my head up. I have learned how to look beyond what’s in it for me to instead doing everything in a way that would honor God
I am so thankful to God, and Teen Challenge. To all the staff members at the Ranch, mentors, volunteers, and especially George Martin, thank you. I can now pursue a job that I can be successful in so that I can marry and provide for my fiancé. I want to be a servant and help give to others what God has given to me. Because he has given me higher goals to reach for
Finding Freedom | Schon Ward
Coming to Teen Challenge was absolutely God’s plan.
I did not realize how much I had gotten the wrong idea of God. It was like holding up a mirror to my inner most self. The staff and mentors just didn’t tell me, but instead showed me and involved me in their lives which helped immensely. As I became obedient to Him and surrendered to Him, I began to not just see things differently, but I started to sincerely change. I chose after graduation to remain in the Re-Entry phase of the program. Through this, I remain plugged in with staff and mentors while experiencing how to live this new life. I enjoy giving back to the Ranch helping with the mechanical issues on campus. I am especially blessed being able to work alongside George. Words cannot express how thankful I am to my family, staff and mentors at the Ranch. A special thanks to Rick Davis who put up with a prideful, stubborn guy but showed the patience and love of Christ!
Hi, my name is Schon Ward, I’m 41 and I come from Louisville, KY employed as an HVAC mechanic. I came to Teen Challenge as a broken man, hearing that God loved me, but not sure that I believed it. It’s not that I didn’t think God was a God of Love, I just couldn’t see how God could love me. Over the past 6 years, I had become a heavy, but functional drinker, never finding hope in a bottle. In 2017 I sobered up, going to church and finding freedom, however, soon began to fall back into old habits and ways of thinking instead of pressing into God. After a couple of months of off and on again binge drinking, I received my second DUI. Being in jail again, shook me out of being in denial. With this, my family also got serious about my problem. Someone from my church told me about Teen Challenge and I did some research and chose the Men’s Ranch in Cincinnati because it was discipleship focused.
The Good Report
What’s happening with TCC past graduates!
Tim Martin – 1987 Grad lives in Montana since 1991 and enjoys life in Big Sky country! Hiking, hunting, fishing, climbing, horseback riding and photography. One time I went out on horseback to retrieve a herd of cattle for spring shots and branding the newborns. At the time, that area was known as “open range” and there are no fences and cattle wander in the wilderness like the other animals. I also renewed my enthusiasm for climbing and rappelling and taking my children on these adventures as well. It hasn’t all been fun. I also have health issues that have curtailed many of my activities. I don’t give up though, I adapt. I take the good with the bad and I appreciate that Life is Beautiful.
Mike Stidham – 2016 Grad has started his own business!
The Liberty Sandwich Factory at 7129 Liberty Centre Dr.
Lonnie Richardson – 1999 Grad Co-owns and operates BasmentWORX a residential and commercial waterproofing company in Cincinnati doing exterior/interior waterproofing, sump pumps, drainage, etc.
Worxwaterproofing.com | 513-575-6119
TCC Golf Classic 2019
A great time, on a great day, for an even greater cause.
This year’s outing raised over $160,000 toward giving new hope and new life to the men and women of the Ranch and Pink House! Thank You! to the Sponsors, Golf Classic Committee, Alumni and
volunteers for all your support, time and effort in making this possible