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Candlehouse to Open Facility

Within the next year, Candlehouse Teen Challenge plans to open a rehabilitation program in Vestal.
Within the next year, Candlehouse Teen Challenge plans to open a rehabilitation program in Vestal.

It will be on Mirador Drive. Its original proposal to open was opposed by the town and nearby residents. However, a federal court jury recently ruled that Candlehouse has the right to open the facility.

Candlehouse President and Executive Director, Richard Mecklenborg, says on average there will be 12 women in the program, which is designed to help them recover from addictions. The program includes Christian counseling, prayer and work skills training. Mecklenborg says one of the goals is to get the women to realize that the reason they have been addicted is because they have believed lies about themselves. He says the key to overcoming lies is found in the Bible.

"If you practice what he taught, then you will come to know the truth and the truth will set you free. The truth that sets you free is what destroys the lies. So, it's through faith in Jesus Christ, believing that he is the Messiah, is ultimately what sets them free from the lies," said Mecklenborg.

The program is 12 to 18 months long. Mecklenborg says Candlehouse has strict rules that attendees have to follow. It is unknown if the Town of Vestal will appeal the federal court's ruling. The Town's attorney has not returned a request for comment.
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