A Proven Christ Centered Approach.
Across the globe, and here in the United States, Adult & Teen Challenge has developed and implemented a variety of drug prevention and recovery programs that are aimed at meeting the needs of the local community. All of these programs are based on the core principles developed in Adult & Teen Challenge’s Christ-centered residential recovery program.
During the typical 12-month program, those with addiction or life-controlling problems receive help to recover from the decisions and beliefs that kept them in the vicious cycle of using drugs and alcohol to cope with life. Adult & Teen Challenge programs offer targeted assistance to both adolescents and adults.
In the program, staff and students work together, concentrationg on five key areas:
- Addressing destructive habits
- Healing personal wounds
- Developing character
- Life skills training
- Re-entry assistance
Our Goal for Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge has been, and continues to be, not to have a waiting list. This has given every addict in Louisiana the opportunity to receive the best of care without charge for their whole 12 month stay.
Chief Executive Officer
Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge
Free Hope Within Reach
I am excited you are interested in the life changing ministry of Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge. I personally have benefited from the free program of Teen Challenge. It was a hot summer day in 1997 that I decided to leave the life of sleeping behind a dumpster and walk fifteen miles to enter Teen Challenge in New Orleans. I had battled with an eighteen-year addiction that ended that day.
My mother had made the call to Teen Challenge expecting to hear what her financial responsibility was going to be. To her surprise they said tell your son to get here today, we don’t need any money! My life was totally changed by God’s grace and the Teen Challenge program. I am a graduate of the program who has truly benefited from the gifts of those who may never know me. Now I am happily married with a daughter and two grandchildren. This is what people like you enable Adult & Teen Challenge to do. Thank you!
Upon graduation from Teen Challenge it has been my passion to help make sure that we continue to provide free help to all the other hurting people who reach out to us desiring to change their hopeless situation.
Chief Operating Officer
Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge
Most of my life was spent trapped in addiction, depression and wanting to die. All of that changed when a family member suggested that I come to Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge to learn how to live a sober life.I had no idea that God was going to set me free from all of my addictions, and call me to full time ministry. I now serve as the Director at Mount Grace Adult & Teen Challenge for Women. I am very thankful for Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge because they introduced me to Christ, who replaced the void in my life that I once filled with drugs.
Mount Grace Adult & Teen Challenge – Training for Women
After 12 years of addiction and two felonies, I knew something had to change. In 2007 I entered Teen Challenge lost and hopeless. In the past I had tried to do it on my own and was never successful. After a year in Teen Challenge I now not only have hope, but I have new life as well. After completing Teen Challenge, God put it on my heart to stay on as staff.
Today I am the Director at Adult & Teen Challenge in Shreveport, LA
Shreveport Adult & Teen Challenge – Induction for Men
After being happily married 12 years I found myself suddenly addicted to crack cocaine. This addiction stripped me of everything: my relationship with my wife, my business, my dignity and respect. This brought me to a place where I was ready to end my life. I sat at the foot of my bed with a .32 revolver in my mouth ready to pull the trigger. The only thing that stopped me was thinking about my wife being left to clean up the mess. It was the very next day my wife told me about Teen Challenge. I entered the program with intentions of only staying two weeks, but after hearing about God’s grace I was set free and decided to stay the full year. Today I serve as the Director for New Orleans Adult & Teen Challenge.
Greater New Orleans Adult & Teen Challenge – Induction for Men
Ruston Adult & Teen Challenge – Induction for Men
My wife Christy and I thank you for visiting the website. I personally graduated the program in 1992 and I know firsthand what God can do in an addict’s life through this program. I prayed for a wife while in the program and years later when the time was right God brought me my beautiful wife Christy. Together we are Directors of Minden Adult & Teen Challenge Family Center. We take in women, women with children and pregnant women. My wife and I get to see God transform these ladies lives and restore families. It is amazing. We are here to give hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Let us know if we can help you in any way. God Bless.
Andy & Christy Jenkins
Minden Family Center
I am so glad you have showed interest in the life saving work of Teen Challenge. I once struggled with addictions but God set me free by using this wonderful ministry. I am a father of two and now serve as the Director of the second phase of the program, where all men go after 4 months. I am truly passionate about seeing guys find the same freedom I have found and look forward to helping you, your son, husband etc.. once they arrive at beautiful Mount Grace Teen Challenge.
Mount Grace Adult & Teen Challenge – Training Center for Men
I began using alcohol at the age of 12 and drugs at the age of 15 to numb the pain and brokenness that I felt inside. My husband and I had only been married a few years when we found ourselves headed for a divorce because of our addiction and destructive lifestyle. With two small children and no hope for our future, we decided to give God a try by going to church. After 6 months of going to different churches and hearing the gospel, we both gave our lives to Christ. I was not only saved, but God miraculously delivered me of all drugs and alcohol! That was 18 years ago when God’s love forever changed my life! I had only been walking with God for a couple of years, when He asked me to go into the prisons and be a witness. The very first day that I stepped onto a prison yard, God showed me that I would one day have a home that would meet women’s physical and spiritual needs. I knew nothing about the Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge program at the time. Then 6 years ago, our family left everything to follow the call of God on our lives and moved from Ohio to Louisiana for full-time ministry. Finally, the vision that God had given
me in the prison came to pass, in November of 2014, when we opened the doors of The Bridge Adult & Teen Challenge Center for Women.
I feel honored that God would allow me to be a part of this life saving ministry! I love being the Director of an Induction center, because I get to witness divine miracles every single day! I am passionate about seeing broken, desperate women be set free by the saving grace of Jesus! God is using Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge at our center to bridge women over from death to life and from bondage to freedom!
“The Bridge” Induction Center for Women
My wife Krystal and I owe so much to this wonderful ministry! Just a short time ago we found ourselves standing before a judge in family court losing guardianship of our two boys. After 13+ years of addiction we had finally hit rock bottom. Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge has helped open our spiritual eyes through the hope we now have in Jesus Christ. We have grown so much through this ministry and we now serve at the Lafayette Center as the Directors. We also got our children back in December this past year! They live with us on campus as a family, just like God has always intended.. Our center can hold up to 26 students and its located on a 34 acre farm in the heart of Acadiana. We have the privilege of seeing men of all ages and backgrounds experience a real relationship with Jesus and his unending love.
We see relationships with family members restored, and lives changed each and every day. I cannot even begin to tell you just how much we love being a part of the ministry of reconciliation, and we are able to do it to the fullest with Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge.