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 [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

TCMI – 2018 Review

December, 2018 Thank you so much for your support this year! With your help we’ve been able to: Commission 62 graduates into Teen Challenge Centers and urban outreaches all over the USA and around the world Reach more than 500 at risk youth whose parents are incarcerated [...]


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. [...]


“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 [...]


“I looked up and saw my father’s face as the EMTs put me in the ambulance. I never saw that face again.” It wasn’t Alberto’s first overdose. The man who found him unconscious called 911, then scrolled through his phone, found a number for his dad, and called.  That [...]