Teen Challenge of Southern California

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Since 1963, Teen Challenge of Southern California has brought restoration and healing to tens of thousands of men and women trapped in drug and alcohol addiction, and hope to their concerned family members. 10 regional locations and eight strategically placed residential facilities throughout Southern and Central California serve as beacons of hope to those needing life-transformation. The Teen Challenge residential program continues to be one of the largest and most effective substance abuse recovery and prevention programs of its kind.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Teen Challenge of Southern California
5445 Chicago Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507

Website: teenchallenge.org

Phone: 951-682-8990

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 952683852

CEO/President: Ron Brown

Chairman: Rich Guerra

Board size: 31

Founder: Rev. David Wilkerson

Ruling year: 1969

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


"We have found a power that captures a person more strongly than narcotics, but He captures only to liberate." - founding vision of David Wilkerson

We serve our students, churches, volunteers, supporters, and communities.
We are ambassadors of a ministry of reconciliation.
Personal growth and constant improvement are essential.
Our lives teach more than our words.
We are committed to Excellence.

Mission statement

It is the mission of Teen Challenge to provide youth, adults and children an effective and comprehensive faith-based solution to drug and alcohol addiction as well as other life-controlling problems. We are committed to enabling and equipping those we serve to find freedom from addictive behavior, to become socially and emotionally healthy, physically well and spiritually alive. Teen Challenge reaches out to people from all backgrounds and gives back to local communities with outreaches, events, after-school programs and much more.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating267 of 111242 of 121
Fund acquisition rating279 of 111427 of 121
Resource allocation rating303 of 111447 of 121
Asset utilization rating615 of 111268 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$736,066$83,925$0$9,280$52,546
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,051,432$5,951,476$5,988,649$4,260,831$3,851,948
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$12,188,873$12,214,620$12,409,745$12,744,721$12,742,744
Other long-term assets$0$0$14,878$14,878$14,878
Total long-term assets$12,188,873$12,214,620$12,424,623$12,759,599$12,757,622
Total assets$18,240,305$18,166,096$18,413,272$17,020,430$16,609,570
Payables and accrued expenses$944,024$990,295$972,585$446,705$463,279
Other current liabilities$0$0$2,441,407$0$0
Total current liabilities$944,024$990,295$3,413,992$446,705$463,279
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$95,448$83,248$80,108$379,472$597,571
Total long-term liabilities$894,326$996,216$1,117,212$1,566,549$1,860,384
Total liabilities$1,838,350$1,986,511$4,531,204$2,013,254$2,323,663
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$13,331,173$12,888,695$10,797,109$11,909,839$13,137,464
With donor restrictions$3,070,782$3,290,890$3,084,959$3,097,337$1,148,443
Net assets$16,401,955$16,179,585$13,882,068$15,007,176$14,285,907
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$10,179,043$10,169,736$8,569,036$8,231,328$10,253,533
Program service revenue$0$0$1,875,473$1,710,903$1,778,231
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$419,599$1,337,225$83,407$568,455$124,509
Other revenue$3,601,091$2,845,889($20,999)$2,773,412$37,821
Total other revenue$4,020,690$4,183,114$1,937,881$5,052,770$1,940,561
Total revenue$14,199,733$14,352,850$10,506,917$13,284,098$12,194,094
Program services$12,743,533$11,019,503$10,578,020$11,538,711$11,233,073
Management and general$1,990,923$1,727,832$1,646,434$1,804,698$1,558,081
Total expenses$14,992,391$12,964,120$12,430,130$13,569,360$13,001,883
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($792,658)$1,388,730($1,923,213)($285,262)($807,789)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($792,658)$1,388,730($1,923,213)($285,262)($807,789)


Ron BrownExecutive Di$181,920
Michael MericleCOO$125,637

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2023

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Teen Challenge is the oldest, largest and most successful program of its kind in the world, and was founded over 50 years ago by Reverend David Wilkerson. It was Feb. 28, 1958 when the 26-year-old Pentecostal preacher from rural Pennsylvania disrupted a highly publicized murder trial in New York City. Wilkerson had made the eight-hour drive from his quiet mountain town to downtown Manhattan for a simple reason; to speak to the seven accused gang members about their salvation. In a grave attempt to share the love of God, Wilkerson rushed to the front of the courtroom at the close of trial proceedings and pleaded publicly with the judge for permission to meet the teenage defendants. News media were everywhere, and Wilkerson unwittingly made himself the source of headline news throughout New York City.

The judge had been receiving death threats during the trial, and Wilkerson was almost arrested as a presumed assailant. The judge later refused Wilkerson's request to see the boys and ordered him never to return to his courtroom. Wilkerson made more than the news back in 1958; five months after his discouraging day in court, his compassion for teen-age gangs and drug addicts began to make history. Since Wilkerson opened the first center in New York in 1960, Teen Challenge has grown to over 195 centers across the nation and over 550 centers worldwide. In 1971, Wilkerson founded a global evangelistic ministry, World Challenge. David Wilkerson died in 2011 at the age of 79. Teen Challenge, a ministry that he founded, continues to touch hurting people worldwide, bringing recovery to those trapped in addiction. The Teen Challenge residential program continues to be one of the largest and most effective substance abuse recovery and prevention programs of its kind.

Teen Challenge of Southern California was established in 1963 and now operates 10 regional facilities, including the one-year Ministry Institute and Timothy House, a residential home for adolescent boys. Each year, Teen Challenge of Southern California serves hundreds of thousands men, women and children through its resident and outreach programs.

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