PEKIN, Ill. (WMBD) — Fighting the clutches of the opioid epidemic is Pekin man Joe Rogers. He advocates for Central Illinois men battling against drug and other substance controlling issues.
This week’s CI Hero said it’s his duty to lend a hand up away from a path of addiction.
On the outskirts of Pekin lies a nondescript building. Inside it houses the mission of Adult and Teen Challenge Illinois (ATCI). It helps men ages 18 and above fight against the opioid epidemic. It’s located at 2400 N. 8th Street in Pekin.
Rogers is the director of operations for ATCI. The 12-month faith-based recovery program is a base-model for future centers across the nation.
“Teen Challenge Illinois, our Pekin men’s center, has been elected by Teen Challenge USA as the innovation center for the future,” said Rogers. “So, what that means is they use our center as a model moving forward for all Teen Challenge centers in the United States. And part of that is because of some of the programming that we’ve added to our program.”
Rogers holds his reasoning for advocacy close to his heart.
“I lost my 24-year-old son to an intentional heroin overdose,” said Rogers. “That really put it on my heart to do what I do. I’m also a product of this program, so I kind of came through the ranks.”
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