Our History

Our Counseling Center History

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Great Lakes Women’s Counseling is a part of Adult & Teen Challenge. Initially founded in Brooklyn, New York, by Rev. David Wilkerson in 1958, Adult & Teen Challenge has helped many young adults struggling with mental health and gang affiliation find hope in Christ and transform their lives. Along the way, we’ve found growth in Christ, as well. Today, we provide over 110 counseling centers across the United States and 1,200 in 122 countries – making us the world’s largest faith-based mental health network.

Adult & Teen Challenge’s Great Lakes Roots

Sensing a need in the Great Lakes community, the founders of our Great Lakes Men’s and Women’s Christian counseling centers began meeting in 1983. Led by the Holy Spirit, a faithful group of business leaders and ministers started our first adult residential program in 1989. Over the next five years, we raised enough funds to purchase an old nursing home facility – which became our Men’s Center of Hope. This residential facility became a significant building block for the growth of our Milwaukee programs. In 2002, Great Lakes Men’s and Women’s counseling programs obtained the used car lot next door to our men’s center. With this new addition, we began our Vehicle Donation Program, allowing our men to learn marketable job skills. Car donations continue to help us raise operational income more consistently today.

Prayers for the Future

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” – Jeremiah 29:12

Throughout the years, we’ve been tremendously blessed to be able to work with men and women struggling with poor mental health. There’s still great work to be done and many people to reach. We ask that you please keep Great Lakes Men’s and Women’s Christian counseling centers in your prayers as the Holy Spirit directs our programs and ministries into the future. Your support means the world to us.