Dramatic Beginnings

Teen Challenge was founded by Rev. David

Wilkerson in New York City in 1958. Out of his

vision to help street gangs and drug addicts of New

York City, he founded a ministry to provide

residential Christian discipleship. His book "The Cross

and the Switchblade" tells the story of the very first

student, Nicky Cruz, whose dramatic conversion

inspired a 1970's movie by the same title. The Teen

Challenge approach provides drug and addiction

rehabilitation that considers the whole man:

physical, psychological and spiritual.

Our Mission

Mission Statement

Teen Challenge of Mississippi, Inc. is a non-profit

Christian organization whose mission is to help

women with life-controlling problems become

mentally sound, socially adjusted, physically

well, and spiritually alive through the power

of Jesus Christ.

​​​Primary Focus

There are over 300 Teen Challenge centers worldwide. Each center is autonomous and

receives no State or Federal funding for support. Teen Challenge of Mississippi, Inc. has

operated a Training Center in Mississippi for over 30 years. Though Teen Challenge

provides residential services to men, adolescents and families, the Poplarville Center is for

adult females 18 years and older.

Teen Challenge of Mississippi 

​help for life-controlling problems 

5 Buford Lane Poplarville, MS 39470   601.795.8063

Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm​​

The Program

The program combines Biblical instruction to build Christian character, spiritual

counseling to promote emotional wellness, and work assignments to teach

acceptance of responsibility and a healthy work ethic. The program is a minimum

of twelve months and is completed in three phases, each lasting about four

months. The Induction Phase provides for an adjustment period in which the

student learns to keep a disciplined daily schedule and adhere to the policy and

procedures. The Second Phase promotes implementation of character qualities

being taught. The Advanced Phase prepares the student to return to the

community as a contributing citizen. The After Care portion of our program

ensures accountability while adjusting to living away from the center.