Rev. Michael T. Zello, Executive Director

“During the 31 years that I have been working for Teen Challenge, I have seen the effectiveness of this ministry demonstrated in thousands of lives.  I have also learned that Teen Challenge is most effective when it operates as a family not an institution.  Through the years we have strived to keep our ministry intimate.  Our students eat and live together in a home-like setting where they are loved and accepted as brothers and sisters.  We are committed to excellence on every level so that the people that come to us for help can receive the healing that they so desperately need.”

Men's Home


Long-term Residential Program

Our long-term faith-based residential recovery program assists individuals in gaining freedom from drug and alcohol addiction and the life-controlling problems associated with it. Residents work to overcome self-destructive patterns associated with their substance abuse while developing positive life skills.

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Women & Children's Home

Beauty for Ashes

Long-term Residential Program

Mothers, who are struggling with addiction or other life-controlling issues, too often do not seek or find help because it means separation from their children, leaving both mother and child caught in a cycle of dysfunction, hopelessness, and brokenness.

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Non-Residential Program


Crisis Referral & Small Groups

Teen Challenge of Richmond is currently a crisis hotline and referral center helping anyone struggling with life-controlling drug and alcohol problems. We are devoted to bringing hope to those who are unable to commit to a residential setting. 

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

– 2 Corinthians 5:17

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