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Northern New England
Women’s Home

130 Highland Avenue • Hardwick, VT • 802-472-7107

The ribbon was cut to signify new beginnings.  At the Adult & Teen Challenge Northern New England Women’s Home, a new home inaugurated the beginning of a new life: a life encountered by God’s love, grace, and transformation, so that future generations can know the true meaning of liberation!

Careful, meticulous detail has gone into the renovations of this 1800’s era bed and breakfast. New walls, floors, electric, plumbing, all new appliances and fixtures, brand-new bedroom sets, kitchen, and academic hall have made this home the finest in all of Hardwick and beyond.  All work on the home was done by the Adult & Teen Challenge Vermont men within the maintenance / vocational department.

Our greatest desire is for this sanctuary to become the cloak of Christ for struggling ladies, and a wellspring of hope, healing, and recovery for Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire!

Considering the times, they are perilous. Considering the odds, they are against us. Considering the tasks, they are daunting. Considering our God and His army: We are able!

Richard Welch

Sr. Director, Adult & Teen Challenge Vermont and Northern New England Women’s Home

In 1997 Rick Welch was desperate to change his life after years of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Hopeless and destitute, he decided to give Adult & Teen Challenge a try.

At the Adult & Teen Challenge center in New Haven, Connecticut, Rick found new life and new purpose. Eternally transformed, he longed to bring God’s healing touch to those who are as hopeless as he once was. Upon completion of the program, Rick decided to stay on and serve in the ministry, first as an intern and then moving to a staff position. He soon realized that he would never desire to do anything with his life except to serve God and to passionately bring the inspirational message of the Gospel to the addicted and to their hurting families.

After years of visiting and ministering in Vermont with the Connecticut choir, Rick desired to expand the ministry there and in 2003 he was appointed Director of the first Adult & Teen Challenge in Vermont.

Rick attended Global University and is credentialed with the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God. He and his wife, Carrie, live in Johnson, Vermont with their son, Timmy.

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