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An overview of Teen Challenge with the founder David Wilkerson.


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Contact Information:
Address: PO Box 55.

                  Rural Ridge ,PA 15075

Phone: (724) 265-4100
Fax: (724)-265-4105



Our History!


Teen Challenge is a faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, which believes in a total cure for the whole man. In 1958, David Wilkerson went to New York City and minister to the "street kids" who were involved in gangs, street warfare, and crimes of every sort. At that time Reverend Wilkerson was not aware of the fact that along with the incredible rate of crime, there existed an even more menacing problem... DRUG ABUSE!  In an effort to reach the unreachable, David Wilkerson opened a home in Brooklyn, NY where these addicts and gang members could receive help. 

That was just the beginning...

Today, Teen Challenge has grown to be the largest non-profit, private endeavor of it's kind in the world. Teen Challenge has centers for both adults and juveniles, male and female. Presently Teen Challenge has 220 centers in the United States and Puerto Rico, and almost 800 worldwide!

Teen Challenge provides the help needed by both men and women to be reestablished in society after they have addressed, through counseling and biblical teachings, their life-controlling problems. Teen Challenge helps individuals restore broken lives!

Students are involved in a loving and well-disciplined environment. This includes counseling, group interaction, religious activities, academic instruction, recreation and vocational training. Community outreach programs and church attendance are required.
Students go through our program in 2 phases and upon successful completion they have the opportunity to move forward additional training and education or return home.

After completion of the program, 72 percent of Teen Challenge graduates continue their education, 75 percent are employed, 87.5 percent do not require additional treatment for substance abuse, and 92 percent report good-to-excellent health. In short, Teen Challenge transforms drug addicts who are blights to their communities into valuable citizens who are benefits to their communities. More information on actual studies conducted on the program can be found on our national website:


Teen Challenge is solely funded by contributions of those who believe in our mission to restore lives. Those who need our help the most can least afford help. Your gift gives someone the chance to change his life. Please consider a donation to Teen Challenge.

You can mail a check directly to:

PO Box 55
Rural Ridge, PA 15075

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We are supported primarily by donations. Your prayers for us and your financial support are greatly appreciated.


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