Nick McMahon is ready for his next chapter in life.

Nick  McMahon is ready for his next chapter in life.
On Friday, June 29, he graduated from Adult and Teen Challenge of the Four States, after completing a 12-month program at the center.
"It (graduation) was a celebration, an accomplishment, a celebration of what God has done for me in my life," McMahon said. "He promised me that I would complete the program, the faith based program. It is a big day, it just praised, it is awesome."
Born and raised in Connecticut, McMahon was raised by his mother and started to getting into trouble.
"I never knew my father, I spent all of my time in the streets," he said. "I got involved in organized crime - which led to lockups, jail and prison."
Around the age of 8 to 10, he started using drugs.
"That is when I was turned onto marijuana, cigarettes and alcohol. Other kids were doing it too," he said. "(Later on), I made my way out here, it didn't get any better. Just recently - about a year and a half ago - I got arrested for some serious charges, felonies, and I thought that I was over at that point. I thought that I was going to go to prison for the rest of my life. My family - who are believers - prayed about it and knew that there is something better, with prayer and God that this could be fixed. So they contacted the Teen Challenge program here in Neosho. Within two weeks, they had me removed from the custody of the courts - who were planning to sending me to prison, I thought that I was just coming here for a layover until they sent me to prison. The adults and the staff here at Teen Challenge they gave me what I needed..."
A week before graduating, he also completed his GED at Crowder College.
"I never had a relationship with the Lord until I came here, I never knew what Jesus Christ did for us," said McMahon. "I didn't know that I could be forgiven. I just thought that I could party..."
The graduation ceremony was also a time for his family.
"My biological family is really the first time in our lives that we have had a relationship," he said. "My sisters said they 'finally have a big brother.' My mother has gotten her son that she has never had. This family here (Teen Challenge) these are my family for life. So this point forward, this will be my kind of world, these are my brothers, it means the world to have them here."
He was presented with a certificate, while fellow students, family and staff were present and cheered as he graduated.
Jeff Higgins, director of Youth and Teen Challenge of the Four States, said, "Nick is not my son, but I feel like he is my son. Since he (graduated) through the GED last week and I was so proud of him because I know all of the work that he did with that. now seeing him graduate from here, he is my son."

What is next?
After graduating, McMahon is moving back to Nixa, Mo.
"I am going to work with family, I have a good job lined up and have a home church," he said. "I hope to step up and do stuff with a youth minister. I am going to go and paint some of the offices next week. Anything that I need to do, I will be there. Try to come back to this program here a couple of weekends of the month and help here. Just stay involved."

Advice for others.
McMahon said he would tell others about what the impact is with Adult Teen Challenge.
"This place is the most successful program for rehabilitation I think there is. And there is a reason for that, it is because we don't talk about the bad stuff that happened in our lives, we talk about Jesus Christ and what He has done for us," he said. "We build our relationship with the Lord. give this place a chance."