To facilitate the transformation of people with life-controlling problems; impacting families and communities through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you or your loved one need help, we are here to tell you there is hope!
Teen Challenge started in Brooklyn New York in 1958 by Rev. David Wilkerson. Wilkerson was a young country preacher pastoring a church in Eastern Pennsylvania.
One February afternoon Wilkerson read an article in Life magazine about seven teenagers on trial for murder. During a gang fight in Manhattan these teens beat a young man to death. Troubled by what he read in the article and sensing God wanted him to do something for the teens Wilkerson made a trip to the urban area of New York City. Sometime after this Wilkerson resigned his church to move to the New York City area to work full time with teenage gang members. This new work was eventually called Teen Challenge. Soon Teen Challenge also began to offer help to those addicted to drugs and alcohol.
During these early years a large home was obtained in Brooklyn, New York and a yearlong residential discipleship program was started. Due to its success Teen Challenge centers began cropping up in cities all across America. Today there are over 200 Teen Challenge residential centers in the U.S. and 1,000 around the world.
Teen Challenge began in the Sacramento Valley area in 1974. The ministry now consists of five discipleship centers and oversees a variety of community outreaches as well as a number of contact offices including one in Chico, Grass Valley, Oroville, Red Bluff and Susanville. These contact offices conduct outreaches and facilitate helping those who need a residential program get into one of our five discipleship centers.
Our five residential Christian discipleship centers are here to serve adults, 18 years of age and older with any life-controlling problem. If you are a minor we can refer you to another Teen Challenge program that helps minors. At any one time we can help over 150 men, women, and women with children regardless of their past history and backgrounds get the help they want. The full length of the residential program is 13 to 16 months.
Twin Rivers Crisis Center for Women
Location: Yuba City, CA
Phone Number: (530) 751-9511Twin Rivers Crisis Center for Women
Every woman and moms with children start their program at the Twin River Crisis Center. They stay here for the probationary phase of the program (four to six weeks) as they begin to transition into their new life and the discipleship process. Once they are finished at the crisis center they will transfer to our long-term training center, the Happy Valley Women and Children’s Center to complete the 13 to 16 month program.
Location: Anderson, CA
Phone Number: (530) 357-2772Happy Valley Women and Children’s Center
For women and moms that have their children the Happy Valley Women and Children’s Center is the training center where they will complete the full length of the 13-16 month program once they have graduated from the probationary phase at the Twin Rivers Crisis Center. This center is located in a country setting on 25 acres giving the women and children a wonderful place to heal and learn about Jesus.
Sacramento Crisis Center for Men
Location: Sacramento, CA
Phone Number: (916) 443-3049Sacramento Crisis Center for Men
Sacramento Crisis Center is the beginning place for men desiring to enter the Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge program. They stay here for the probationary phase (4 to 6 weeks) before being transferred to the Alpha Henson Training Center or to any of the other Teen Challenge centers across the state or country.
Alpha Henson Training Center
Location: Lincoln, CA
Phone Number: (916) 645-3807Alpha Henson Training Center
Alpha Henson Training Center is the training center where each man will complete the full length of the 13- 16 month program once they have completed the probationary phase at the Sacramento Crisis Center. This beautiful center is located on 20 acres away from the city in a quiet and peaceful setting.