Adult & Teen Challenge

Freedom From Addiction Starts Here

Ozark, MO   |  https://teenchallengeusa.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide teens & adults freedom from addiction and other life-controlling issues through Christ-centered solutions.

Ruling year info

1985

President & CEO

Gary Blackard

Main address

P.O. Box 249

Ozark, MO 65721 USA

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Formerly known as

Teen Challenge USA

Adult & Teen Challenge USA

Adult & Teen Challenge

EIN

43-1353323

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Christian (X20)

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Addiction affects everyone. Studies show that over 21 million Americans are struggling with substance abuse. The Surgeon General estimated the economic impact of the opioid crisis alone is over 500 billion dollars. The human impact is even greater: overdose deaths continue to skyrocket. In 2018, the CDC reported over 67,000 overdose deaths in America. Because of the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health, it can take years for individuals to receive treatment (if at all). For those that are ready to make a change in their life, the costs associated with treatment can often be prohibitive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Programs

With more than 200 residential centers within the US and Canada, Adult & Teen Challenge (ATC) is a faith-based non-profit headquartered in Ozark, Missouri. Its mission is to provide teens & adults freedom from addiction and other life-controlling issues through Christ-centered solutions. Through effective discipleship, mentoring, and life-skills training, ATC and its affiliates have seen positive outcomes and radical life-transformation throughout its sixty-year history.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Residential Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of students who graduated from an Adult & Teen Challenge program.

Number of program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Residential Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the amount of residential program centers. It does not include outreach/referral sites or admin offices.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Residential Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of students who entered an Adult & Teen Challenge program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For over 60 years, Adult & Teen Challenge has operated on a holistic model of drug and alcohol recovery. This means that we are concerned with the body, mind, and spirit of those who come to our addiction recovery centers. Our vision is to see all people freed from addiction through the power of Jesus Christ! A restored relationship with God can transform those who suffer from addiction into vibrant, free, and sober followers of the Lord.

We base the curriculum and community of our addiction recovery centers on God’s Word—the Bible. Our practical Bible-based courses help the transition from alcoholism and substance abuse to a life of freedom in Christ. We offer a chance to start over, become a new person, live a godly life, and find freedom through a restored purpose and an eternal hope. This is done through classes, individual study, personal mentoring, work ethic training, and involvement in the Christian community.

Because addiction destroys more than the body, our programs consider all aspects of our students’ lives. Addiction starts as a way to fulfill a void that only God can fill, so a strong relationship with the Lord is foundational to our program. This foundation is built in our students by teaching them the Word of God and by encouraging them to bond with other growing disciples.

The biggest difference between us and a traditional recovery center is our focus on Christ. We call this the “Jesus Factor.” Our program focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to give our students a guiding light. We encourage our students to form a stronger connection to their faith. This makes a huge difference in their recovery. We provide a faith-based environment to encourage healing and a new life in Christ. We instill Biblical teachings into our daily routines. We give our students the tools they need to empower themselves through God.

Throughout the years, studies have been conducted about our process. These studies show that faith in God is the main reason our students are still sober after completing the program.

Our programs usually last 12-18 months. This gives our students the time they need to reconnect with God and form a strong connection. The combination of Christian values and a long recovery period makes all the difference. Our length of stay is another big reason that our students avoid relapse. It gives them the time they need to heal and think about who they can be without depending on drugs and alcohol. They are able to create a real and meaningful connection to God.

Over the next 5 years, the National Office for Adult & Teen Challenge is focusing on 7 key initiatives.

SUSTAINABILITY
As an organization, we must practice both wise stewardship and intentional development of financial resources available for ministry. Diversification of income streams will be a key factor in ensuring that we operate from a position of financial stability. We will particularly encourage development of social enterprises such as thrift shops, coffee houses, and cottage industries as a means to generate revenue and also reach those in need.

CURRICULUM OPTIMIZATION
We are undertaking significant curriculum development with 48 new courses being introduced for personal studies. Our general studies curriculum will also be greatly enhanced. All courses will soon be accessible via a new online learning management system.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
We will increase investment in the professional, personal, and spiritual development of each of our staff. We will soon unveil several online resources including certification tracks for managers. We are also exploring the creation of a new Center for Innovation & Learning where we can test systems and processes to develop a new standard of Teen Challenge “best practices”.

TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENT
We are going to greatly increase our investment in technology to improve our inputs and outcomes. Tools such as the online learning management system as well as a comprehensive student management system will allow us to foster success as well as better measure our effectiveness.

NON-RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMMING STRATEGY
By working with churches and partners like Living Free, we must expand the number of resources available to reach those with life-controlling issues. Many of those struggling with substance abuse are unable to enter residential programs but still need support. We must find a way to reach them. This will also include a national evangelism strategy to be announced soon.

SCHOLARSHIPS
We will work to establish an endowment fund that will generate scholarship income for perpetuity. Proceeds may be used to offset costs to families of those enrolled, or even to provide resources for graduates to pursue academic degrees or trade certification programs.

PREVENTION STRATEGY
We will be looking at revamping our prevention strategies through programs like Stay Sharp and others. Adult & Teen Challenge must become a larger presence in the area of prevention.

By focusing on sustainability first and foremost, Adult & Teen Challenge has the right resources to begin implementing the initiatives outlined above. Increasing income over the past year has allowed for strategic hires to augment the National Office staff. The National Office has also begin to build relationships and partnerships across the globe to innovate alongside other organizations. This increased collaboration has exponentially increased the capabilities of Adult & Teen Challenge.

SUSTAINABILITY
A large amount of resources are being invested into generating additional income to provide sustainability for the organization and also to fund additional projects. A focus has been placed on grant writing, major donor development, strategic partnerships, and micro-enterprise opportunities.

CURRICULUM OPTIMIZATION
New staff members and contractors have been added to augment the Learning Team. This will allow us to increase production of new curriculum to add to our existing library of program resources.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
We have implemented a new online learning management system and are rolling it out to our staff across North America. We are continuing to develop new courses to address a variety of topics that are necessary for our ministry. We have continued to improve and expand the trainings available at our yearly conferences, and we are in the process of creating a new Emerging Executive Leadership program to train up new leaders in our organization.

TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENT
In addition to a new online learning management system, we are continuing to find ways to improve existing technology and automate manual systems at the National Office.

NON-RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMMING STRATEGY
Two missionaries are currently raising the last of their support to come and join the team at the National Office specifically to help build our non-residential programming strategy.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Adult & Teen Challenge is currently in the process of establishing an endowment fund to provide scholarships to those in need.

PREVENTION STRATEGY
The National Office of Adult & Teen Challenge has begun to make preliminary steps to identifying a prevention program that can be implemented across North America, run by the individual centers. In the meantime, we continue to offer Stay Sharp, a prevention program that was specifically designed for Adult & Teen Challenge in the mid-2000s.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Adult & Teen Challenge

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Ava Oleson


Board co-chair

Dr. Sue Gengler

Daniel Ruiz

John Rossi

Malcolm Burleigh

Juan Cruz, Jr.

Jay Martin

Jerry Ireland

Gene Ontjes

Ted Papit

Chris Hodges

Snow Peabody

Eric Vagle

George Thomas

Dave Rose

Gary Bentley

Mike Zello

Brice Maddock

Steve Paulson

Brice Maddock

Rick Schenker

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/16/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data