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Endorsements

"I’ve believed in this ministry since its very beginning. And I continue to support it. I consider it a real privilege to endorse this work. Thank God for Teen Challenge!"

Rev. Billy Graham

"Teen Challenge is the oldest one of the most effective ongoing programs of its kind in America. Not only does Teen Challenge help our young people deal with substance abuse but it also gives our kids something to live for, a relationship with God, a healthy self-esteem, direction in their lives that finally leads somewhere."

President Ronald Regan

"My wife Jan andI had the privilage of developing and directing the Rawhide Boys Ranch program for 35 years, helping young men from the juvenile courts get their lives back on track.It is now a great honor to serve on the Teen Challenge Board helping young adults become Godly citizens. It thrills us to see first hand the wonderful work TC is doing for men and women from our communities. This organization is probably the most successful in the nation and certainly worthy of our support."

John Gillespie
Founder of Rawhide Boys Ranch, and Teen Challenge Board Member

"Teen Challenge is a great community program, it helps to shape the lives of so many 'lost' people . I am happy to be associated with this very effective program."

Mrs. Vel Phillips
Former Judge, Alderman, and Secretary of State

"One of the best –documented success rates among faith-based efforts is that of Teen Challenge, which combats drug addiction…When Teen Challenge claimed a 70 percent cure rate for addiction, it was challenged by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, which funded a study by the National Institute of Mental Health in 1975. Critics were skeptical of Teen Challenge’s claims. To the surprise of the investigators, the study published in 1976, showed that 86 percent of Teen Challenge graduates were living drug-free lives."

Street Saints, by Barbara J. Elliott

"When all is lost there’s still one thing left and that’s Teen Challenge…that’s why I’ve been committed to the program. I don’t think all hope is lost in life as long as people are willing to get together and do what it takes to do the right thing..."

Judge Vincent Bobot
Milwaukee County Municipal Court February 18, 2003 Completion Celebration

"When I was young and desperately needed help, they were there, as they have been for countless others through the years. I thank God for this ministry and His miraculous work."

Chaplain (LTC) John A. Melendez
U.S. Army Retired

"I would like to say that October 29, 2004 was the most inspirational, yet informative event that I have attended on behalf of Alderman Davis, Sr. since my appointment began. I was most impressed with the graduates and their personal achievements. Also, the choir sang with so much passion and conviction, it became overwhelming at one point in the evening."

Katina Robertson-Johnson
Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

"I wish to thank you on behalf of the Criminal Justice Task Force of Sheboygan for your presentation at our recent meeting. You clearly have the only real approach to change the lives of the prodigal sons out there that we in this business do not accomplish very well."

Captain Allen D. Wanek
City of Sheboygan Patrol Division

"With the deterioration of society, Teen Challenge has become one of the most important arms of the church to this generation."

Rev. Jerry A. Brooks, Presbyter
Oak Creek Assembly of God

"Many young people from our state and city come to their center free of charge and are given tremendous care and hope as they deal with past addictions. I believe their work with these young people is a very honorable service that is greatly needed by our community."

Jack Brown, Executive Director
The Milwaukee Outreach Center

"Thank you for ministering the gifts of mercy and servant hood at our service last Sunday. Teen Challenge is truly a ‘good Samaritan’ ministry and very close to my, and Parklawn Assembly of God’s heart and vision."

Rev. Walter F. Harvey, Senior Pastor
Parklawn Assembly of God

"What a joy it was for me to be with you in Milwaukee. I appreciate all of your hard work. I want to tell you that I appreciate you as being a man of God and a man of integrity. I work with many organizations all over the world and many Teen Challenges, and it is refreshing to me to work with someone like you who has a heart for ministry and is a person who has learned to give to others."

Nicky Cruz, 1999

"What I like about Teen Challenge and their mission is that they treat you as they see you should be and by doing that, it makes you become all you can be. There are a lot of programs where people say they are going into treatment and they complete that program, they get a certificate and then a week later they are back out on the street using again. I don’t have that problem with defendants who come through Teen Challenge."

Honorable Derek Mosley
Judge of Milwaukee Municipal Court

"To change people who have addictions like this, you cannot just do it by walking them through a program. You ultimately have to change what is in their heart to change what other actions they do. This is a program that has shown great success."

Scott Walker
Milwaukee County Supervisor

"The county doesn’t have the money to treat all of those people so it is a program like Teen Challenge that is the hope for a whole bunch of people. Teen Challenge is one of the very best in Milwaukee working with addicts."

Andy Fleckenstein
The Fleck Foundation

"May God continue to bless you and your staff for transforming the lives of those who seek your help."

Richard P. Wiederhold, President
The Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation

"When I founded Teen Challenge 40 years ago, I had no idea that God would multiply this movement around the world! From the beginning, my vision has been to introduce troubled young people to Jesus Christ and then get them back on the streets witnessing for the Lord. Today, God is raising up a mighty army of Spirit-filled soul-winners and evangelists – out of former drug addicts and gang members! But we must have help to continue. The problems we see today are much worse than what I encountered in New York in 1958. I pray you will stand with us in prayer and support."

David Wilkerson
Founder of Teen Challenge

"If you’re thinking that it’s not worth it - ya it is when you buy it from Teen Challenge! If you don’t want it, buy it and bring it again next year.

Listening to the statistics about Teen Challenge graduates, you don’t find that after six months they are out there doing the same old thing again."

Auctioneer Jonathan Green
2002 Teen Challenge Banquet WTMJ 4 – “The Green House Show”

"In a small way, I want to thank you for your work. President Bush and the people that I work in the Office National Drug Control Policy understand the work of nurturing children, healing broken families, helping those who suffer the afflictions of drug abuse is done by you and people like you across the country… We don’t have to argue whether or not recovery is possible. We have living witnesses among us."

John P. Walters
U.S. Drug Czar 2004 TC Banquet Speaker