About Our Residential Programs
Teen Challenge was started in Brooklyn, New York over 40 years ago with the intention of providing a place where drug addicts and alcoholics could come in off the streets and learn how to begin a new way of living.
At Teen Challenge they participate in an extensive classroom curriculum, vocational training, and learn many skills to enter society as sober, productive, stable individuals.
The morning program consists of classes designed to help the addict. There are two types of classes taught: Group and Personal Studies.
Group and Personal Studies
Teen Challenge has developed curriculum materials for use in Teen Challenge centers as well as other similar ministries. The curriculum introduces new and more mature Christians to basic life issues which provide a solid foundation for living in today’s troubled times. Each subject brings practical hope for living as a Christian in today’s society.
Group Studies for New Christians
The Group Studies for New Christians are taught in small groups with the students learning to apply Biblical truths to their everyday challenges. Each of the 14 different classes brings practical hope for living as a Christian in today’s society.
- How Can I Know I’m a Christian?
- A Quick Look at the Bible
- Successful Christian Living
- Grown Through Failure
- Christian Practices
- Obedience to God
- Obedience to Man
- Anger and Personal Rights
- How to Study the Bible
- Loving and Accepting Myself
- Personal Relationships with Others
- Spiritual Power and the Supernatural
Personal Studies for New Christians
The Personal Studies for New Christians education program is designed for the teacher to work one-on-one with the students. They are structured to allow the teacher to address individual issues pertinent to the student. In personal studies students read scripture and biographies like The Cross and the Switchblade and Run baby Run. Students also spend a great deal of time memorizing Bible verses and learning to apply them in their daily lives.
Each afternoon our residents work and put into practice what they have learned in class. Good work habits and vocational skills are emphasized with the idea that we all work as unto the Lord. There are a variety of work details including vehicle clean up and repair, cooking, cleaning, yard maintenance, office work, and etc.
At both of our homes our students do all of the cleaning, cooking, and upkeep. They answer the phones and they learn to help those calling looking for help. In doing this each resident is helping to provide for their own recovery program. Some refer to our program as a type of Christian boot camp experience.
Success of the Program
Since that first center in New York, Teen Challenge has grown into the largest and most successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation program of its kind, with over 120 centers nationwide and over 150 centers worldwide. The success rate of those who finish has been documented in a number of studies including two that are shown on this website.
Ronald Reagan called Teen Challenge the “best kept secret in America”.
Teen Challenge is a faith based program which receives no government funding and operates solely by donations. The cost to operate Teen Challenge for one person is approximately 1/4 the cost of a similar type government run program. The Milwaukee center for men has been extremely successful and has been able to directly help over 1000 men and women in the past 15 years, and has done 1000’s of for teens.
Teen Challenge has also held over 1500 prevention programs in school, jails, and churches throughout the state in the last 20 years.