Teen Challenge Connecticut | History and Mission
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History and Mission



Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey was one of the first Teen Challenge ministries founded in the United States.


Ministry throughout New England emanated from the first center located in Boston established in 1964. A strategic expansion from 1999 to 2007 established sites in all six states of New England and in New Jersey.


Life-changing residential recovery programs provide a faith-filled approach for helping drug addicts and alcoholics transform their lives. More than 400 adult men and women can be cared for in the Teen Challenge homes.


Vibrant outreach ministry into jails, prisons and needy communities are conducted year round. Drug prevention programs are available for public and private schools. The Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey Choirs can be found ministering hope, healing and encouragement in area churches each week.


The corporate headquarters is in Brockton, Massachusetts.



Teen Challenge New Haven first opened its doors in 1996 under founding director, Floyd Miles III.  In 1999 a women’s program was added and in 2008 it was relocated and combined with the Teen Challenge Providence, RI Women’s program.  Since its beginning, Teen Challenge Connecticut has helped hundreds of men and women experience freedom from addiction through a life changing relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Over the years Teen Challenge Connecticut has grown from the single initial building to six buildings located in the Hill Section of New Haven and currently has the capacity to house 60 residents. Also located on the campus is a transition program, “The River’s Edge”. Teen Challenge Connecticut also operates a Thrift Store in the town of Branford. Our current director Rev. Richard Welch is a 1998 graduate of Teen Challenge Connecticut.



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Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey exists to bring life changing hope to addicts and their families.



Confronted by Hope – Walking in Freedom – Living with Purpose