Men and women listening to bible teaching

residents in class

The Program

​Savannah MBTC is a long-term, no-cost, residential program for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Our purpose is to provide hope to the hopeless. It is our goal to direct the people to the Lord Jesus to find love and a purpose for their lives and to make disciples of them as the Bible directs. The residential program is 8 months long. It is divided up into four phases each lasting 2 months. As the person proves that they can handle the increasing responsibilities of each phase their privileges will increase. It is a highly structured program with a rigid daily schedule. Everyone is expected to obey the house rules and follow the schedule. Infractions of the rules or schedule are corrected with writing assignments, loss of privileges or extra work chores. This revolutionary program has transformed thousands of lives for over fifty years.

Young men smiling and holding rakes

faith-based programs are highly successful

Success Rate

Since 1969 over 25,000 people have come into the various Mission Teens centers. In our annual review we hear from about 57% of our graduates and approximately 84% of those are doing well. Also, roughly 40% of the non-graduates we hear from are doing well. Many have gone into Christian ministries and some have stayed on to work in our centers.

Funding & Expenses

Savannah MBTC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) faith ministry. We do not charge for our services and we do not receive any funding from the government. All of our support comes from concerned individuals and a few churches who are sensitive to the type of work we do. There is never any charge for any portion of the program and many basic necessities can be provided upon your arrival.

A man and woman posing for a photo

Jim Bracken and an early staff member

The Founder

​Reverend James D. Bracken (1934-2012) founded Mission Teens, Inc. in 1969. He opened the first residential center in Norma, NJ after much prayer. He knew there was a need for a more effective ministry for the troubled young people who were attending his home prayer meetings. After two years of little results in the center, God answered his prayer by dictating to him a program which, when put into effect brought immediate results in people’s lives. This same program is still used today in all of the Mission Teens centers and the results are still phenomenal. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jim was able to guide thousands of individuals to seek God as the answer to their problems and conquer their addictions. His wife Isabelle “Boydie” Bracken carries on his vision along with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director of Mission Teens, Inc.

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