A gospel fundraising concert for Chad’s Hope of Teen Challenge will be held Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Middlesboro Community Center, located on 30th Street next to the National Guard Armory.
There are 15 groups and soloists participating, including Kentucky Mountain Bluegrass Trio, Change of Heart, Living Proof, Singing Foundations, Jeff Mills with Friends and the Collins Family.
Admission is free.
Students from Chad’s Hope will tell their story. There will also be an open microphone session.
Chad’s Hope of Teen Challenge is a Christian-based facility that offers a 12-month program to be set free from the bondage of alcohol and drug addiction.
The facility was started by a father who lost his son to a drug overdose. He donated the land, and a facility named after his son was built.
It has one of the highest success rates in America and is 100 percent publicly funded.
There is also a vocational facility which allows students to work to increase their possibility of finding employment upon graduating.
The facility is only able to operate by the generosity of people, churches and organizations. The facility can hold up to 50 men, but due to limited funds they are only able to enroll 21 at this time.
Director Michael Leonard will speak at the event.
He has led teen challenge centers in Cincinnati and Youngstown, Ohio, Colorado and Kentucky in addition to serving on the board of directors for Teen Challenge of Kentucky for almost 10 years.
He has been involved with Chad’s Hope since 2008.
For more information, contact Dellene Collins Rogers at 606-670-7532, Leonard at 606-599-1777 or visit chadshopeky.com.