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, Teen Challenge El Paso has the capacity to house 24 men and women. The purpose of the resedential program is to enable individuals to find freedom from addictive behavior, to become socially and emotinally healthy, physically well and spiritually alive. Teen Challenge El Paso operates a 12 bed Women's resedential faclitiy and a 12 bed Men's resedential facility.


Our 10-12 month long program is completely free of charge to the Men, Women and their Families. We ask that each student 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.

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