Staff Testimonies

Juan Delgado, a Life Rescued from the Streets

Juan Delgado is the new TC House Manager responsible for coordinating all phases of student life and discipleship at the Center.  This stalwart man of God has proven to be a fine example and a patient teacher at the center, but he is also a versatile singer, songwriter and rapper. Juan is a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in a Christian home in Bridgeport, CT.

As a teenager he rebelled against his mother’s religion and feelings of loneliness and rejection the Christian label brought him. Juan began smoking pot in high school and by the middle of his junior year was out of control. His mother sent him to live with his father in Puerto Rico, but that didnt help in his search for a meaningful life. Despite several attempts to find direction, Juan fell into heroin addiction and soon lost thirteen years in a drug-induced wasteland.

Juan recommitted his life to Jesus in March of 2009, and graduated from The Mountain (Rehrersburg, PA Training Center) in April 2010.  He has exercised both faithful service and endurance as he has set a good example for fellow TC members over the last three years. Juan has assumed increasing levels of responsibility and stewardship that are exemplary, allowing the board and leadership of the organization to heartily endorse his promotion to this new position. One of Juans favorite scriptures is Job 42:5 “I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.”

BryanBryan Palacky

My name is Bryan Palacky, I’m 24 years old. Growing up I was a wild child whose mother worked full time and a stepfather whose full time job was sleeping off a hangover. So growing up there was no fear of authority, discipline, structure, etc. This carried over to my teen years where I was in with a crowd who too were “independent” so to speak. This crowd introduced me to drugs and alcohol, which lead to me becoming an IV heroin user.

In December of 2012, I was a introduced to the Teen Challenge Program, which was new to me for the simple fact that my self-esteem was low and the “religion thing” was not a part of my life growing up. It wasn’t until February 2013 that I finally surrendered and entered the program. April 2013, I surrendered my life to Jesus. I graduated Teen Challenge in May of 2014 and have signed on for 6 months as an extended training program. Through all of this I have truly learned who I am as a person. My identity is found only in Christ. I plan on attending school and becoming a doctor in sports science and look forward to continuing this walk with Christ in the future.

Johnnie Alliano

My name is Johnnie Alliano, I’m 59 years old from Camden, New Jersey. Raised in a non-Christian home, my stepfather pushed me into athletics where I excelled. In my early teens I started drinking and smoking. As I hit my 20’s, my substance intake started to take over my life but I didn’t realize it at the time. I married at age 30, but after 2 years clean, marital problems led me back to my heroin habit and being arrested more times than I can count which led to divorce after 8 years. All through my life I worked and was a functional addict.

In 2005, I hurt my back and started collecting SSD. In 2009, I lost my mom who I cared for until her death. It took a big part of my heart. I was on methadone and benzos again and alcohol. I was staying with my sister. In 2012, I had a blackout and threatened my sister, the next day I was continuing my old ways. Drunk, and high, I wound up in the hospital with kidney failure. I was in the hospital for a month. The head social worker started coming in my room and wound up setting up an interview with Teen Challenge. I went from the hospital straight to Baltimore Teen Challenge. The program introduced me to God and I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I finished 2nd phase and have returned to Teen Challenge to give back what was given to me. Amen