Genesis Men’s Home

Our residential care which provides hope, healing and a future consists of 9 men’s homes, 3 ladies’ homes, 2 churches and 10 vocational training programs . Our home and foreign missions outreaches; Rock the Block and Teen Challenge World Outreach are dynamic tools for evangelism and intervention — rescuing and restoring hurting people. In 2004, we established Teen Challenge men’s home in Santiago, Dominican Republic through a crusade/concert in the city’s largest baseball stadium.
Men who are mentally and emotionally broken from their addictions enter phase one of the Teen Challenge Program. It is in the Genesis Home where they are introduced to the love of God and His transforming power. Hope lives here. Freedom is found here. Changed lives leave here!

Phase 1 – Recognition of destructive and habitual thoughts that lead to substance abuse.

Shekinah Men’s Home

In Phase 2 and 3, our students are introduced to a curriculum designed to provide the skills necessary for change. In addition to personal and group mentoring, students receive character development training that strikes at the root of addiction. They also receive vocational training to help them succeed in today’s society.

Focus on healing the wounds of past failures and broken relationships.

Character development and spiritual growth with a discovery process identifying personal strengths and setting individual goals.

Continuing Care Planning includes employment/educational plans, housing, financial planning, relationship skills, support system evaluation, leadership skills and relapse prevention. This may or may not be residential, but generally these centers involve Phase I activity, as well as providing pastoral counseling and referral. Many of these ministries also coordinate or directly provide the non-residential expression of Teen Challenge: Living Free (formerly Turning Point). Living Free is small groups based. The Crisis centers that are residential are typically very short term until a more permanent discipleship bed can be located.

Re-entry – generally for those graduates needing additional assistance in education, transitional housing, securing jobs or job skills, but can involve other reasons.

Restoration – for graduates who have returned to old behavior patterns. Phase VI is a rare ministry as a center, and is more often co-located with a Phase IV.

Grace Ladies Home

We implemented a new curriculum entitled, “Start Right Mentoring Pro¬gram”, designed by our very own. Dr. Anna Ramos. Start Right is a sim¬plistic, yet statistically proven way to help students improve in their over¬all emotional and mental health by abiding in principles found in God’s Word.

Our 40 bed ladies home provides an intimate setting for ladies who are broken, battered, and abused. Our residential discipleship program offers restoration and healing to ladies who struggle with addiction to drugs, alcohol, and other life controlling problems.

Another major component of the Teen Challenge structure is the Teen Challenge curriculum by Dave Batty. This is known as the Group Studies for New
Christian and the Personal Studies for New Christians.

Albany Men’s Home

Continue to meet the needs of individuals battling substance abuse throughout the NY area In 2006, we established Albany Teen Challenge and Freedom Chapel North from a Church campus that was donated to us in Albany County, NY. We are cur¬rently renovating a new 40 bed home on 9W into a Men’s Crisis Home to help men from the Capital District in Albany to find freedom. The church for our dining hall, classroom, and chapel, the gym serves as our multipurpose youth outreach center and eventually we will open up a Women Crisis Home.

Aaron Bicknese tracked down 59 former Teen Challenge students in 1995, in order to compare them with a similar group of addicts who had spent one or two months in a hospital rehabilitation program. His results, part of his PhD dissertation, were published in “The Teen Challenge Drug Treatment Program in Comparative Perspective”

Bicknese found that Teen Challenge graduates reported returning to drug use less often than the hospital program graduates. His results also showed that Teen Challenge graduates were far more likely to be employed, with 18 of the 59 working at Teen Challenge itself, which relies in part on former clients to run the program.

Much of these results were to Teen Challenge’s benefit and the high success rates (up to 86%) he found have been quoted in numerous Teen Challenge and Christian Counseling websites.



Santiago Teen Challenge

Our Teen Challenge campus in Santiago, Dominican Republic has grown to four homes for men (45 bed capacity) and one home for Ladies (15 bed capacity). Our 1997 Long Island Teen Challenge graduate, Ramon Rosa, Jr. serves as the Executive Director. Jose Martinez is the Program Director, and his wife, Nelly, is the Women’s Home Supervisor. Santiago T.C. manages and operates a thrift store “Blessingdales”, a beauty salon and farm where students receive vocational training. We recently purchased 10 acres of property to build a Teen Challenge Campus that will support 100 men, 50 ladies, and 25 mothers with children.