help for life-controlling problems
5 Buford Lane Poplarville, MS 39470 601.795.8063
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
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, Inc. is a non-profit
Christian organization whose mission is to help
people with life-controlling problems become
mentally sound, socially adjusted, physically
well, and spiritually alive through the power
of Jesus Christ.
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.
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.