Teen Challenge Vermont in Johnson, VT

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(5 of 5)
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1296 Collins Hill Road
Johnson VT 05656

Teen Challenge Vermont Philosophy

Located on a scenic campus with an impressive view of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Teen Challenge Vermont was established in 2005 to reach, rescue and restore young men and at-risk youth suffering from addiction and substance use disorders. The program follows a Christian, faith-based approach to treatment, and applies rigorous spiritual, academic and vocational training to help teens and young men grow into productive members of society.

Areas of Specialization

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Facility Highlights

Personal Studies

Class Lectures

Chapel Services

Meet the Staff

Pasco Manzo

Interim President

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Pasco Manzo is a member of the Board of Directors for Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey. He brings over 35 years of ministry and management experience and is passionate about broken humanity and the mission of Teen Challenge. Pasco also continues in his position as President of Run for Freedom, a national organization combating Human Trafficking.

Jacqueline Strothoff

Executive Director, Teen Challenge Women's and Girls' Ministries

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Twelve years of drug addiction drove Jacqueline Strothoff to participate in every rehabilitation effort presented to her as she desperately struggled to overcome her addiction. Those years were devastating as she was committed several times to psychiatric hospitals and incarcerated for criminal activities. During one of those stays in a psychiatric hospital in 1974, Jacqui experienced a life-changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. Upon her release, she entered New Life For Girls, a one year Christian residential discipleship program in Pennsylvania. From there, she enrolled in a ministerial training program at Rev. David Wilkerson’s Twin Oaks Leadership Academy in Texas, where she met her husband, Bob. They spent the next several years working in Teen Challenge centers across the country and then settled in Springfield, Missouri where Jacqui earned a degree in social work from Southwest Missouri State College. Jacqui has ably served the Lord in a variety of capacities in churches and ministries. Her life and testimony has impacted thousands of hurting lives. Today that impact continues as she serves Teen Challenge New England and New Jersey in a senior leadership role. Jacqui is the proud mother of two adult children and the ecstatic grandmother of two adorable grandchildren.

Rehabs.com Editorial Review

Review by Rehabs.com Contributors


Teen Challenge New England and New Jersey is a regional network of long-term, faith-based, residential addiction recovery programs. One of several Teen Challenge programs throughout the country, the program in Johnson, Vt., is geared toward young men and at-risk youth. Located within view of Vermont’s Green Mountains, this program offers young men the structure and focus necessary to achieve long-term recovery.

All clients must detox prior to program entry.


The Teen Challenge program teaches biblical values that can be applied regularly, such as integrity, self-control, and compassion. Over the course of the 15-month program, young men develop important life skills designed to help them become esteemed employees and dependable family members.

Combining personal studies, class lectures, chapel services, and vocational training, programming provides young men with ample opportunities to develop healthy thinking patterns and positive lifestyle changes. Participants leave the program having earned their G.E.D (if they haven’t already) and work closely with staff members to set realistic goals in preparation for life beyond rehab.


While there is no specific information regarding the staff’s credentials for this particular location, staff at other Teen Challenge facilities are drawn from the broad community of alumni and are, therefore, familiar with the facility's approach.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, however, the one Rehabs.com survey respondent to date gave perfect five-star ratings for the accommodations and for the quality of the meals.


At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received limited yet positive feedback from one former client. The anonymous alum was pleased with the program’s counseling options, the level of family participation, and the holistic opportunities available. “The word clears the mind,” they noted.


According to the facility’s website, Teen Challenges’ facilities are privately funded by individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations. The program does ask family members to contribute, if possible, to help underwrite programming costs.

Updated September 2016

Published on October 2016

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