For a minimal one-time fee of $450, residents can receive our long-term residential care. To provide low-cost services, Teen Challenge of St. Louis must raise funds for nearly all daily operational and administrative costs on an annual operating budget of $500,000. Through generous contributions from caring individuals, churches, organizations and the business community we continue helping those who have lost hope. All gifts are tax deductible and receipts are issued for each donation.

Online Giving

With a click of a button on the Donate prompt below you can make an immediate donation that will allow Teen Challenge of St. Louis to continue to say “yes” to those seeking its transformative program.


Monthly Contributions

It costs approximately $40 per day for each young man and woman to participate in the program at Teen Challenge of St. Louis. Except for minimal admission fees, these expenses are supported entirely by the generous financial support of faithful supporters. If you would like to help by making regular monthly financial contributions to Teen Challenge of St. Louis, please click the button below.

Gift Amounts

Mail a Donation

You can also mail a donation made payable to Teen Challenge of St. Louis:
Teen Challenge of St. Louis
P.O. Box 123
High Ridge, MO 63049

Please provide us with your mailing address so we can send you a receipt for your donation.

Donate by Phone

Call our Executive Director, C.R. Kersten, at 636-677-1776 to make a donation.

Planned Giving

Including Teen Challenge of St. Louis in your estate planning is an excellent way to leave a legacy of restoration, help and hope for those suffering from life-controlling addictions.

Benefits of Planned Giving

In addition to helping Teen Challenge of St. Louis, Planned Giving has the potential to significantly benefit you, the donor. Potential benefits include:

  • Tax Benefits – Planned gifts can reduce estate tax liability if you have a taxable estate or, in certain cases, qualify as an income tax deduction.
  • Greater Flexibility – Few of us are able to give as much as we would like to our favorite philanthropies during our lifetime. A planned gift, however, can include real estate or investments that are currently producing needed income.
  • Increased Impact – Planned gifts often play a big part in helping a charitable organization make improvements or capital expenditures that enlarge the scope of the organization’s work for many years to come.

Planned Giving Options

There are many different ways to make a planned gift to Teen Challenge of St. Louis. Listed below are a few of the more popular options. It is important that you consult your attorney or tax advisor before you finalize or change your estate plans.

  • Bequest in Will – An arrangement is which a donor establishes a dollar amount or percentage of his or her estate or trust that will go to Teen Challenge of St. Louis upon their death.
  • Gift of Appreciated Securities – A donor may stipulate in his or her will that certain securities shall be donated to Teen Challenge of St. Louis at their death. Donors who do this avoid the capital gains tax and receive the deduction of the full value of the securities donated.
  • Gift of Life Insurance – As with gifts of appreciated securities, a donor may make a gift of life insurance benefits and receive substantial income tax savings.

For more information about Planned Giving options, please call our Executive Director, C.R. Kersten, at 636-677-1776 or

Stock Donations

Donations of appreciated securities, usually common stock, provide a tax-efficient way of making a gift to Teen Challenge of St. Louis.

Benefits of Donating Stock

Gifts of appreciated securities held for more than one year entitle you to a charitable income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of the gift. Additionally, you avoid the capital gains tax that would otherwise be due on the appreciation if you sold the security.

Donating Stock to Teen Challenge of St. Louis

Your broker can transfer securities from a brokerage account directly to Teen Challenge of St. Louis. Please call us at (636) 677-1776 for the account information your broker will need to initiate a transfer.

Please notify us before you initiate a securities transfer so we can identify your gift when it is received and acknowledge it in a timely manner. Please contact us if you want to donate securities held in certificate form. We will help you transfer them safely.

Note: Depreciated securities (securities worth less than what you paid for them) should not be given directly to a charitable organization. Instead, you should sell the securities to generate a tax-deductible capital loss (which can offset your capital gains) and donate the sale proceeds. Your gift, whether cash or appreciated securities, will be greatly appreciated!

For more information on gifts of appreciated securities, please contact our Executive Director, C.R. Kersten, at 636-677-1776 or

Corporate Sponsorships or Underwriting

Your organization can meet its own mission and philanthropic goals plus help provide the necessary funding needed by Teen Challenge of St Louis to provide student scholarships and cover daily operational expenses. Inspire your staff by partnering with us on our events with financial and volunteer support. Participating in our events will leave your staff encouraged and gratified by observing, first-hand, how the Teen Challenge program restores broken lives!

Please contact our Executive Director, C.R. Kersten, at 636-677-1776 or to find out how your organization can become a Corporate Sponsor for Teen Challenge of St. Louis.

Memorial Gift

A memorial gift in the name of a loved one to Teen Challenge of St. Louis serves a two-fold purpose. First, it provides a remembrance of the one departed. Second, the monetary tribute helps Teen Challenge of St. Louis to continue caring for the needs of troubled young men and women.

Please contact our Executive Director, C.R. Kersten, at 636-677-1776 or to register your Memorial Gift.

Current Needs

We are grateful for specific needs to be met to keep our facilities running:

  • Double Oven for the Men’s Center
  • Furnace for the Men’s Center
  • New Roof for a Building at Men’s Center