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AUTISM SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA
Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is a non-profit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
Whether you are a family with a child who is newly diagnosed, an adult who is on the spectrum, an educator who serves individuals with autism, or a corporation that wants to learn more about employing individuals with autism, AuSM provides you with the resources and services you need to help you accomplish your goals. Your AuSM membership also guides your path into the autism community, helping you find the most comfortable way to participate and grow.
AuSM offers a place to learn, access services, and develop skills that enhance your life. AuSM membership connects you to a common community that acts without judgment, nurtures potential, advances knowledge, and builds awareness.
Our mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
History of MnTC
In 1958, David Wilkerson traveled to New York City to minister to teens. There he found hard-core drug addiction as well as prostitution and gang violence. In order to help these teens, Wilkerson established the first “Teen Challenge Center” in the heart of New York City.
Over time, Teen Challenge expanded its programs, offering to help adults as well as teens. Now there are more than 200 centers across the United States and over 1,000 centers worldwide, making Teen Challenge the largest network of drug and alcohol programming in the world.
In 1983, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge (MnTC) was established. And in 1993, Rich Scherber was installed as Executive Director and opened the first home. Since that time, MnTC has grown to over 11 campuses across the state with multiple program options to meet a broad spectrum of needs.
Today MnTC serves thousands, offering a full range of treatment and recovery services. We work with teens and their communities through our prevention program Know The Truth™ and lead Lakeside Academy, a Christian behavior and recovery center for teen boys. For men and women, we provide residential and out-patient licensed treatment, long term residential recovery with co-occurring mental health services and comprehensive aftercare support.
With the support of our partners, MnTC now serves over 700 clients on any given day and continues to look for new program options and locations that will help us respond to the increasing need to turn the tide on the drug epidemic.