Teen Challenge of St. Louis, a part of the network of over 180 Teen Challenge centers across the U.S., is celebrating over 40 years of service to the St. Louis metropolitan area. The first Teen Challenge facility in St. Louis was established September 15, 1966 in Webster Groves, Missouri. In 1971, due to the increasing demand for residential care, two large homes were purchased on Washington Avenue in the city of St. Louis. In response to the growing need for this program’s services, the Washington Avenue properties were then sold in 1981, and Teen Challenge of St. Louis was relocated to its present twelve-acre site in High Ridge, Missouri.
Teen Challenge of St. Louis provides residential care to men, ages 18 to 30, who are struggling with life-controlling problems. Any individual who cannot function normally in society due to drug addiction, alcoholism, or behavioral problems is eligible to receive help at Teen Challenge of St. Louis if he so desires.
Sadly, rehabilitation and treatment centers are much more selective in choosing clients than is addiction in choosing victims. With skyrocketing rehabilitative costs and limited insurance coverage and benefits, many cannot afford much needed help in overcoming drug addiction and alcoholism. Since its beginning, Teen Challenge of St. Louis has pledged to help anyone regardless of socioeconomic status by offering its program for a nominal, one-time fee of $450.00 for 14 months of residential care to insure our vital services are available to those who desire to overcome life-controlling problems.
To provide this nearly free service, Teen Challenge of St. Louis, a non-profit organization, must raise the funds necessary to sustain all daily operational and administrative costs. To this end, Teen Challenge looks toward private individuals, churches, and the local business community for support.
Drug and alcohol addiction indeed knows no societal boundaries, and the need for effective services increases with each passing day. Teen Challenge of St. Louis is striving to meet this need…one life at a time.