“We live in both amazing and alarming times. Rates of addiction and other life-controlling issues continue to rise and negatively affect families, churches, businesses, healthcare and the nation. The need is significant – but we serve a mighty Savior who passionately calls out to those who are distressed, depressed, and in deep despair.


I firmly believe God has positioned Teen Challenge for ‘such a time as this.’” —Gary Blackard, Teen Challenge President and CEO


Teen Challenge International, U.S.A., offers Christ-centered, faith-based solutions to youth, adults, and families who struggle with life-controlling problems. 


Teen Challenge understands that to truly overcome an addiction, you have to focus on the condition of a person’s heart—not just the addiction they struggle with. True transformation only comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 


Participants in Teen Challenge also find discipleship programs to help them become more secure in their newfound faith, which strengthens their changes for success when they leave the residential center. 


There are over two hundred Teen Challenge programs across the country, in almost every state. Teen Challenge reaches those society has given up on or sees no value in. Through Teen Challenge, men and women find freedom from addiction and freedom in Christ. 


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2020 Stats
213 Nationwide residential centers
2 Candidate missionaries and spouses
47 Missionaries and spouses


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