The Foundations of Teen Challenge

Despite our name, Teen Challenge also works extensively with adults. Most adults who arrive at our doors bring with them a tragic history of substance abuse and other life-controlling problems. At Teen Challenge, the journey to sobriety includes attention to the spiritual needs of those who seek our help.


With a focus on the practical applications of Christian teachings, adults not only learn how to change deeply entrenched, self-destructive behavior, but to discover a new identity in Christ that makes these changes possible. Adults who come to Teen Challenge not only receive a holistic approach to recovery from life-controlling problems, but acquire a new value system that honors family, takes responsibility for community, cultivates a positive work ethic, and helps them become productive, healthy members of society.


Teen Challenge, a proven faith-based rehabilitation program, was launched in 1958 by Pastor David Wilkerson. Now, with over 240 centers nationwide and a U.S. Government recognized cure rate of 86%, Teen Challenge relies on local community support to deliver its "Faith-Based Solution to the Drug Epidemic." 


El Paso was once considered the largest city in the United States without a Teen Challenge center. In 2007, Pastor Albert (Executive Director) & Martha Ibarra (Bookkeeper) moved their family from Midland, TX, where they served on the staff of Teen Challenge Permian Basin for over 20 years, to open a Teen Challenge residential center in El Paso, TX. Today, women's program has the capacity to house 13 women. We endeavor to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.


Our 10-12 month long program is completely free of charge to the women and their families. We ask that each women ready to enter the program is tired of the life they have been living and ready to make a long-term commitment to the Lord and to complete the program. The individual, family, and the entire community benefit from the services provided by Teen Challenge El Paso.


Find out more about our people and the history of Teen Challenge.

A glance at our El Paso facility

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Upcoming Events

We are excited to bring you this great event that will bring "Change for Change. We have set aside Tuesday June 6th as #GivingTuesday. We are asking you to prayerfully consider how you can be a blessing to Teen Challenge that given on this day. Teen Challenge has continued to keep its doors open due to our many sponsors and donors, whether your contribution is through monthly giving, one time giving or giving up your precious time as a volunteer. Thank you we could not have done this without you. We as a staff will also be participating in "Change for Change". A suggestion to staff is: label a jar "Change for Change" and start putting in your spare change at the end of the day or skip that stop at Starbucks and put that couple bucks in the "Change for Change" jar. Bring in your contributions on June 6th. God bless you.

What Keeps Us Going

The students that are in our program come from many different types of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common- a life controlling problem. A life controlling problem is any habit or problem, which has control of a person to the point that she cannot function properly. The three most common life controlling problems are street drugs, alcohol, and prescription drug abuse; however other issues may also be termed life-controlling if it affects a person's ability to function freely in life.


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