Outer Banks Dare Challenge — a drug addiction treatment center — is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise $22,000 to pay off the mortgage on the nonprofit’s building on Highway 345 in Wanchese.

The ministry rented the space until March 2012, when it was able to secure a mortgage and purchase the property.

Earlier this year, the nonprofit received a $100,000 donation from a local business owner, which reduced the mortgage to $34,000. In the past few months, donations from multiple sources totaling $12,000 further reduced the outstanding mortgage balance to $22,000.

The individual who stepped forward with the previous $100,000 donation now has pledged to match all donations — dollar-for-dollar — made to Outer Banks Dare Challenge through Sunday, Dec. 31. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

Any funds above and beyond what is needed to pay off the mortgage will be used to increase outreach efforts in 2018.

Dare Challenge is the Outer Banks' center of the Teen Challenge program, discipling male students for four months, then referring them the national Teen Challenge Training Center in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania, where the students complete another 10 months of discipleship.

For more information, contact Doug Henriott at (727) 608-7241.

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