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ALBEMARLE NEIGHBOR

Loyer helps women overcome addictions at Teen Challenge

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Holly Loyer is chief executive officer of Albemarle Teen Challenge

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By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Correspondent

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Guided by her faith, Holly Loyer is helping women overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol at Albemarle Teen Challenge.

Since she founded the agency 12 years ago, 65 women have successfully graduated from the local Teen Challenge program in Elizabeth City.

Loyer said the first Teen Challenge was started six decades ago by David Wilkerson, a pastor in Brooklyn, N.Y. Now there are more than 200 Teen Challenge organizations across the United States and more than 1,000 worldwide.

Loyer, who serves as the local Teen Challenge’s chief executive officer, first moved to Elizabeth City from Virginia in 2002 to accept a position as a nursing home administrator.

Loyer earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Virginia Wesleyan College, her master of business administration degree in healthcare administration from American University and a master of divinity from Regent University.

While working locally in health care, Loyer said she saw a need for an organization like Teen Challenge.

“I wanted it to become a beacon of light and hope to women who are overcoming addiction,” she said.

Albemarle Teen Challenge is open to women age 18 and older, and seeks to help individuals with what Loyer describes as “any life controlling issue.”

“We are not a medical facility. We follow the educational model,” she said.

An ordained minister, Loyer is a member of Forerunner Church in Elizabeth City, and she offers pastoral counseling at Albemarle Teen Challenge.

“I think about how God can heal us spiritually,” she said.

Loyer also opened Cape Fear Teen Challenge in Elizabethtown last July. She currently lives in Garland and travels between the two Teen Challenge facilities in Elizabeth City and Elizabethtown.

Loyer is looking forward to the Albemarle Teen Challenge’s 12th annual 2 Nights of Banquets at The Carolina Center on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and April 6 at 6 p.m. The center is located on Corporate Drive in Elizabeth City.

Past and current graduates of Albemarle Teen Challenge will share their stories at both nights of the event. Ticket information is available on the Albemarle Teen Challenge Facebook page or by calling 338-8263.

Loyer said monetary donations, as well as, donations of items like toiletries are welcome at Albemarle Teen Challenge. Volunteer opportunities are also available for people who want to assist with group study teachings.

For more information about Albemarle Teen Challenge, visit https://albemarleteenchallenge.weebly.com.

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