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So far Justin Brubaker has created 14 blog entries.

Michelle Considine: A Place of Second Chances


Michelle's Story: A Place of Second Chances As one of our supporters, I know you understand how destructive drug addiction is. For some, the lure of a drug’s empty promise can be very hard to resist. This was the case for Michelle. Michelle first came to us in 2012, bound by an addiction [...]

Michelle Considine: A Place of Second Chances 2019-06-18T10:00:46+00:00

Michael Mericle’s Story


From Chaos to Redeemed: Michael Mericle's Story “God stepped into my life in the midst of the wreckage and the chaos that I had created and sought me out. ” - Michael As a 13-year-old growing up on Coronado Island, Michael followed his older brothers into the local beach culture. [...]

Michael Mericle’s Story 2019-06-11T13:11:59+00:00

REFRESH Pastors’ Conference 2019


REFRESH Pastors’ Conference – Session Videos TCSC has a passion for supporting the pastors we partner with as together we reach into our communities to further the Kingdom of God. Each year, we host a pastors’ conference at Benedict Castle (home of Teen Challenge of Southern California) to encourage and refresh pastors from [...]

REFRESH Pastors’ Conference 2019 2019-05-02T08:35:09+00:00

Elizabeth Goodban’s Story


Elizabeth Goodban's Story Even though Elizabeth had been raised in a Christian home, she decided to go her own way and follow the party crowd. When she graduated from high school, she felt free to do whatever she wanted. Unfortunately, that included more poor decisions. She had two children over the next [...]

Elizabeth Goodban’s Story 2019-05-06T12:15:20+00:00

Jeffery’s Story


Jeff found himself in jail. Again. He’d exchanged the values he’d learned in a Christian home for a lifestyle centered in defiance and rebellion. He ran with new friends in a world centered around skateboarding. For him, it was a path that eventually led to a steady stream of drug use and bad decisions.  [...]

Jeffery’s Story 2019-03-27T11:04:15+00:00



A Family Restored, Ashley's Story Ashley’s story is different because she never used drugs but was addicted to heroin and opiates from the day she was born. Her father was a drug dealer on the streets of Fresno and her mom used drugs every day of her pregnancy with Ashley.  Within two weeks, [...]

Ashley 2019-02-14T09:59:31+00:00

Mike Jones


Life, Family, and Purpose Restored: Mike Jone's Story His brother, a Superior Court judge, kept an aluminum bat by the door in case Mike showed up. You’d never know it to see him today, but Mike was a 16-year meth addict with a history of violence. Mike watched his siblings go through college and [...]

Mike Jones 2019-02-05T09:53:51+00:00

Addict to World-Changer, Tom Tiemens


Addict to World-Changer, Tom Tiemens In 1968 Teen Challenge of Southern California was in its 5th year. Tom was in his 22nd. He was 6’1” tall but weighed just 135 pounds. Drugs were killing him. When he got arrested again his probation officer offered two choices: prison or Teen Challenge. “I didn’t want [...]

Addict to World-Changer, Tom Tiemens 2019-01-02T09:43:00+00:00



Jason Graduated from Teen Challenge in 2005.  Jason graduated from Teen Challenge in 2005 and was hired as an accounting clerk. Today, 13 years later, he is the Controller for Teen Challenge of Southern California. Since joining the staff he has earned several promotions, moving into positions of increased responsibility. The value he and his [...]

Jason 2018-11-20T08:11:55+00:00



“I was selling dope to a guy and it turned out he didn’t have any money, he pulled a knife, cut my throat, and I wondered if I’d live.” - Woody  Woody’s Parole Officer was ready to obtain a warrant for his arrest when she saw him panhandling at a fast food restaurant. Instead, [...]

Woody 2018-09-26T10:24:50+00:00