The program is divided up into four phases, each lasting 2-4 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. The first phase of the training is a 2-month induction period with very few privileges or responsibilities. Each individual is simply expected to follow the rules and will begin to understand how to seek the Lord. The next two phases add some general household responsibilities, which will add normal life pressures. Privileges in these two phases include phone calls and visits from immediate family (and pastoral or legal counsel) only. This revolutionary program has transformed thousands of lives for over fifty years.
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 90% 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.
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.
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 development 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 the Mission Teens centers and the results are still phenomenal. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jim was able to help thousands of individuals become responsible citizens, free of addiction, to return successfully to their families and communities. His wife Boydie Bracken carries on his vision along with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director of Mission Teens, Inc.