About Us 2017-03-06T14:21:31+00:00

Our Purpose

Appalachian Teen Challenge, Inc. is a Christian discipleship training center for males and females age 18 and up, who are having difficulty functioning effectively in society. The facility is not a medical or mental health program, but a residential program for young men and women with life-controlling problems, such as alcohol and/or drug addiction, anger management, etc.

We also provide residential care for girls age 12 to 17 through our sister center, The Eastern Appalachian Teen Challenge in Botetourt, Virginia.

Rev. David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and The Switchblade and founder of Teen Challenge, went into the streets of New York City to reach hurting people with a message of hope founded on God’s love. It was not his intention to become involved solely in drug or alcohol treatment, but to provide a place where hurting people could find healing through Christ. Appalachian Teen Challenge, Inc. is continuing his vision in the manner which God directed Him.

Program Content

At the center, students receive extensive training in work skills and social ethics, biblical curriculum, behavior modification, financial management, and academics (G.E.D.). By following a rigorous schedule, students learn to function effectively in a chosen vocation, family relationships, relationships with God and others, and other necessary life skills.

Teen Challenge works because we care.

“Your services have aided many in learning how to lead productive and happy lives, while still others have benefited from your programs on how to avoid serious problems. I share your belief that it is vital that we teach our young people about the importance of adhering to traditional values, the dignity of work, acceptance of personal responsibility, love for one’s neighbor, and respect for the Creator. I commend you,for helping to instill such values and for reminding young people that humility and resolve lead to patience and strength. These virtues, by their nature, build self-worth and dignity. Keep up the good work.”

– President George H. Bush