Our mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

We offer effective and affordable programs throughout Minnesota with campuses in Minneapolis, Brainerd, Duluth, Rochester and Buffalo. We offer both a long-term, faith-based recovery program and short-term treatment program, allowing us to effectively serve individuals with a broad spectrum of addiction issues; from those seeking treatment for the first time, to those who have been struggling with addiction for many years.

At our centers:

In all of our programs, we focus on the clients’ recovery from addiction. In order to do this, our centers foster an environment of love, trust and respect. Our staff works alongside clients to uncover the sources of their addictive tendencies and create new patterns to replace old ones. To learn more about each of our individually tailored programs, click here.


In the broader communities of Minnesota, our prevention pr­­­­ogram strives to inform people about the drug situation in their area as well as the dangers of using drugs by presenting in classrooms and hosting community forums. We also keep long-term clients immersed in the community by performing at churches and volunteering at local nonprofits.

Legal Community:

In the legal community, we advocate on behalf of our clients, working with probation officers and partnering with government, political and law enforcement officials. Many officials participate in forums – raising community awareness. In jails and prisons, we strive to help those struggling with addiction find the best recovery solution whether at MnTC or elsewhere.

Professional Community:

Recently, we have been branching out towards the professional community.  We offer professional trainings through out the state of MN.  The trainings consist of many different topics and are accredited for CEU hours.

Compassion. Honor. Respect. Integrity. Servanthood. Trust.


50 years of teen challenge history

In 1958, David Wilkerson traveled to New York City to work with youth involved in gangs. He found many problems on the streets – prostitution, hard-core drug addiction and gang wars. In order to help these teens, Wilkerson established the first “Teen Challenge Center” in the heart of NYC. Over time, Teen Challenge expanded its programs offering help for teens and adults from all walks of life. Because of his highly effective approach, the Teen Challenge Center received international recognition as one of the world’s most successful drug and alcohol programs for both teens and adults. Now there are more than 240 centers across the United States and over 1,000 centers worldwide, making Teen Challenge the largest network of drug and alcohol programs in the world.

In 1983, Minnesota Teen Challenge was created. In 1993, Rich Scherber was installed as Executive Director and opened the first home. Since that time Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge has grown to over ten different campuses throughout the state. In 1995, MnTC’s first program for teenagers began and, in 2000, the Minnesota Department of Human Services approved MnTC as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Center. During the next decade, an aftercare department was created for program graduates, a drug and alcohol prevention education program, called Know the Truth, was created to reach students in middle and high schools, and facilities were opened in Duluth and Brainerd. In 2014, the Rochester Center was opened with the capacity to help 100 people. 2014 also saw the purchase of a new facility for 60 teen boys in Buffalo, MN.

Where We Are Now

Today we are able to serve more than 600 people across ten locations in Minnesota. Women and teens are helped at Twin Cities locations, men are served in Rochester, Brainerd, Duluth and the Twin Cities, and teen boys are served at our new location in Buffalo.

We continue to look to the future with new program options and locations being explored even today. We want to help more and more people – reaching them where they are physically, emotionally, and spiritually – and help them get where they want to go.

pastor Rich Sherber(about us)“God is changing lives here at Mn Adult & Teen Challenge. I have been blessed to see many men and women turn their lives around and hurting families experience healing and restoration. I am so thankful to be a part of a ministry that helps people work through their confusion and learn to make positive choices in their lives. I feel honored to be a part of helping others transform their lives.” -Pastor Rich Scherber, CEO, Mntc

“As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and times of crushing pain. But through it all, the Lord has proven faithful, loving, and totally true to all of his promises.”
-David Wilkerson

About MNTC

What is the mission of MnTC?

Our mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Where does MnTC get its funding?

The majority of MnTC’s funding comes from private sources such as churches, businesses, and individuals.

I have a question in regards to my recent financial gift to MnTC, who can I call?

Call 612-Freedom, option 3, then option 1. Or, call 612-Freedom and ask for Donations.

For more information about ways to give to Mn Adult & Teen Challenge, click here.

When and where is graduation?

All are welcome at our MnTC graduations which are held on the last Friday of each month, starting at 1:00 PM, at Christ Church. The address is 3015 13th Ave S., Minneapolis 55407.

Can I donate clothing?

MnTC accepts clothing donations, depending on our current needs. To make a donation, please call 612-FREEDOM and ask for Wyatt to donate men’s clothing, or ask for Amy to donate women’s clothing.

Can I donate other items?

MnTC is also able to accept many types of items. To learn what and how you can donate, please call 612-FREEDOM and ask for Marco.

What is the HR process? How do I find your jobs?

MnTC job applications are posted on the bottom of each page on the website.

To apply for a position, complete the appropriate application online. Upon receiving your application, an HR representative will contact you to schedule an interview, if applicable.

How can I schedule the choir for church event?

To host the MnTC Choir, please call our Church Relations Coordinator at 612-238-6116.

How can I volunteer?

MnTC is always looking for volunteers to participate in our mentorship program, through the After Care department. Please visit our Become a Mentor page to learn more. Otherwise, you can call 612-FREEDOM and ask for Michele. MnTC also has occasional volunteer opportunities which are posted on our Get Involved page. To find out more about these opportunities, you can also call 612-FREEDOM and ask for Kim Forbes.

Can I donate my vehicle?

Yes. If you are interested in donating a vehicle, please contact Jessica at 612- 238-6509. You can also find more information on our vehicle donation page.

May I give to MNTC through my Will or Estate?

Yes, simply click on the Planned Giving (link to Planned Giving page) tab for more information about the Planned Giving options that will be customized for you.

Is Minnesota Teen Challenge open to all faiths and backgrounds?

Yes, in fact, our programs are available to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or public assistance status.

Program Admissions

What type of programs does MnTC offer?

Mn Adult and Teen Challenge has a wide variety of programs for teens and adults. Not all programs are available at every location. We offer outpatient services,  short term residential treatment, and long term residential recovery programs. Learn more about MnTC programs.

How long does the application process take?

It varies from 24 hours to 2 weeks depending on verifying documents or detox needed. In processing an application we consider:

  • Willingness to participate in the program/interest in changing
  • Mental health/medications
  • Medical condition/medications
  • Legal status, past and present
  • Outstanding warrants
  • Funding eligibility
  • Level of care required
  • Location or residency

How do I apply to MnTC?

  • Call the Admissions Department at 612.373.3366 and dial 1 for admissions
  • Schedule a Rule 25 assessment at your Minnesota County Social Services office and have them fax the results to admissions at 612.823.4913
  • Inmates may complete an application by asking for one from the Corrections Liaison, Admissions Department, or Jail Programmer
  • Applications can be hand delivered or completed in out admissions lobby located at 3231 1st Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
  • Lobby Hours are M-F from 8am-4:30pm
  • Applications can be faxed to our Admissions Department 612.823.4913
  • Applications can be mailed to 740 E. 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404

**Click Here to Download an Application**

What detox and treatment centers do you recommend?

  • Ramsey County Detox (St. Paul) 651-266-4008
  • Fairview Riverside Detox (Mpls) – Opiates 612-672-6600
  • 1800 Chicago (Mpls) – Alcohol 612-879-3646
  • Mission Care Detox (Plymouth) 763-559-1402
  • St. Johns Hospital (Maplewood) 651-232-7000
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital (St. Paul)  651-326-3645, 651-232-3644
  • Unity Hospital (Fridley) 763-236-5000
  • Dorthy Day Center (St. Paul) 651-213-1919
  • Regions Hospital (St. Paul) 651-254-3456
  • HCMC (Mpls) 612-873-3131
  • Salvation Army (Mpls) 612-338-0113
  • Cambridge Medical Center (Cambridge) 763-689-7700
  • Check with an emergency room near you

Can I work on my High School credits or get my GED while in the program?

Lakeside Academy values education and sees academic success as a key to long-term life success. We take a very disciplined and structured approach to learning and has been very successful in helping students get back on track with their education.

Lakeside Academy works closely with Excel High School Online. Excel High School’s main campus is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and serves over 3,000 students annually with accredited distance education services. Excel High School operates like a traditional bricks and mortar high school, but rather than students traveling to school each day, courses are delivered online through our learning management system. Upon completion of programming at Lakeside Academy, students are able to access their online courses anytime 24 x 7 and 365 days a year. EHS courses are flexible, yet challenging, and are a great fit for students who are unable to attend a traditional public or private high school.

What happens if my teenager runs away from the program?

If this unfortunate circumstance were to occur, Mn Adult and Teen Challenge staff would notify the parent and suggest calling the Sherriff’s Department.

If the resident wishes to re-enter the program, the Review Board would meet to determine if the teen may be readmitted.

Where can my 13 year old go if you don't accept students that age?

Contact the National Teen Challenge office: P O Box 1015, Springfield, MO 65801; (417) 862-6969; or go the website www.teenchallengeusa.com  Click on Center Locations. When the site comes up, click “Deselect All” on the right hand side, and then select the program you are interested in. Only the programs meeting that criteria will be present.

MnTC has other resources that we can refer you to. Call 612-373-3366 press  1.

Do you accept my insurance?

  • The Long Term program is not covered by any insurance.
  • MnTC accepts most insurance in our short term, Life Renewal Program.
  • The Admission Dept. will ask for the insurance information and screen for benefits.
  • If you have insurance or are a Hennepin County resident admissions reps can schedule an assessment at MnTC after the application is received.
  • Clients will be billed for the amount insurance does not cover.
  • Medicare and VA benefits will not cover MnTC.

How do I apply for County funding?

  • Call the Admissions Department to start your process. We can help by giving you the phone number for your County Social Service Department (Available to Minnesota residence only).
  • Short Term Life Renewal Program (7-90 days): Schedule an appointment in your county for a Rule 25 assessment and application for CCDTF (Consolidated Chemical Dependency Treatment Funds).
  • Adult Long Term Program (13+ months): Schedule an appointment to apply for cash assistance, medical assistance, and Group Residential Housing funds (GRH).
    • *Please Note* – Most Counties require a Rule 25 assessment even though you are not going to the Short Term Life Renewal Program before you can apply for GRH funds.
  • Male Teens; 14-17-year-olds in the Long Term Program will pay for tuition monthly.  No GRH funds are available for those under 18.

Do you take clients on Rule 25 from the County?

Yes. You may go to the County you reside in, if you qualify for assistance, and can get the assessed there. MnTC will need to have a copy, once you find out that In Patient treatment is recommended and you specify MnTC. Please have the Rule 25/CD assessment faxed to 612-823-4913 ATTN: ADMISSIONS or your Reps name, if you know

How can I pay for my program if I do not qualify for county funding?

Seek assistance from family, friends, community or church.

Can I enter the program if I have upcoming court dates?

Residents are allowed to enter the program (link to Program Info page) with court dates pending. We do take into consideration the severity and nature of the crime to determine eligibility. Some applicants may not be appropriate for our program and will be denied admission.

Residents admitted to the program with pending court dates must provide their own transportation to court.

Can I come to MnTC if I have criminal charges pending in another state?

This is determined on a case-by-case basis. In some situations residents can enroll in our Short-Term Program (link to Life Renewal page)  (7-90 day program) and pay the full program costs out-of-pocket, then go back to their state to finish their sentencing.

Sometimes the courts will allow a person to come to MnTC to complete the Long-Term (link to Long Term Adult page) (13-15 month) Program as a condition of their sentencing; in this situation these residents will have to pay the program costs out-of-pocket due to their out of state residency.

If I'm on probation in another state, may I enter Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge?

This is also determined on a case-by-case basis. We do take into consideration the severity and nature of the crime to determine eligibility (felony, misdemeanor, on paper, off paper reporting).

Hennepin County oversees probation. It is very rare that the state of MN will allow felony level probation to transfer. Meaning, they would deny the person entry to MnTC.

In some cases persons desiring admission to MnTC are granted permission to travel. We would consider admission in this situation, but they would be expected to pay all program costs (link to Cost and Financing page)  out-of- pocket

What if my friend/loved one doesn't want to go to MnTC or they don't think they have a problem? Do you give advice on interventions? Who do I call??

  • MnTC is a voluntary program and is not a lock-down facility. The client needs to want to be here.
  • They need to admit they have a problem and want help. Although we cannot give advice on what to say to them, we recommend that you
    speak the truth with love, care and concern and NOT in condemnation or criticism.
  • MnTC does not do interventions. We have referrals we can give you: Interventionists: AIR 1-800-561-8158; Marc Hertz (651)294-2341 or (888) 635-7078; Phoenix Process Consultants (952)922-8822; Deb Scheide (612)309- 1966; Michael Lewis (612) 961-0068
  • If your loved one is suicidal or mentally unstable, please take the situation seriously and direct them to the psychiatric and mental health professionals at the hospital, or call 911.

Can I work while I'm in the program?

No, due to the rigorous schedule of both our programs, clients are not able to be employed, seek employment or go to school while in either program. Also you cannot store your vehicle at MnTC while in either program.

Is there a Teen Challenge closer to my state than Minnesota?

Contact the National Teen Challenge office: P O Box 1015, Springfield, MO 65801; (417) 862-6969; or go the website www.teenchallengeusa.com Click on Center Locations. When the site comes up, click “Deselect All” on the right hand side, and then select the program you are interested in. Only the programs meeting that criteria will be present.

Am I able to take narcotic medication while at MnTC?

We no longer admit residents to MnTC who currently take prescription narcotics. (See Prohibited Medications list in the application)

Clients are allowed to take approved, prescribed medications

Clients entering the Long-Term Program (13-15 Months) are allowed to be on a prescribed suboxone taper for up to 3 months

Click the photos below to read their story



My Story
I always believed my addiction was going to kill me. My meth use brought me to jails, prison, and treatment centers. Death seemed like the next stop on a bleak journey. I heard of MnTC from friends, and I knew I needed a program focused on God. After two weeks of heavy using I ended up in jail and eventually at MnTC. Here I met Jesus and my beliefs began to change. God transformed my heart and renewed my mind. I went on to graduate from the Leadership Institute and now work here as program staff. This summer I married a fellow MnTC graduate, and God continues to bless me beyond my imagination.


My Story
— I came home from work crying and in shambles one Tuesday in 2008; that day I urgently prayed, “Lord, if you do not do something by Friday to end this cycle of addiction, I will.” I had a plan to kill myself, but God heard my prayer and a few days later I was on my way to MnTC. I began to realize that I am no longer a victim of my circumstances or the abuse I had experienced. I decided to attend the Teen Challenge Leadership Institute where I was able to continue healing and growing in the Lord. In addition to working here at MnTC, I hold a leadership position and am participating on the worship team at my church.


My Story
I basically raised two sisters since I was eight years old. My mom was not around much. She was addicted to cocaine and it eventually took her life. During my mother’s illness I began drinking, smoking marijuana, and even became involved in gangs. Beside her bed in the hospital, a cousin of mine mentioned MnTC. When my mom passed away I was heartbroken and homeless. At this broken state I was led to MnTC where I received healing and hope. I continued my walk with God by attending the Leadership Institute for two years. I have been blessed to work at MnTC both as program staff and as a teacher.


My Story
Growing up, I never felt accepted. I found my identity in the drug culture when friends offered me ecstasy. I started selling drugs to support my addiction. In my twenties I was using meth and it stole my potential. While on the road to buy drugs, I asked God to save me and proceeded to drive by a billboard that read “sick and tired of being sick and tired?” I was. That night I went to the MnTC website and read the whole thing. Here, God softened my heart and built me up into the person He intended me to be. I now work in the kitchen at the Portland building at MnTC, and am starting my second year of college.


My Story
I started drinking and smoking marijuana as a teen. When two close friends of mine died, I turned to meth to cope with the pain, becoming an addict and a dealer. I was arrested when my house was raided by police, and I was facing five years in prison. An application to MnTC made its way into my hands, and I knew this was my last chance at a good life. It was here that I gave my life to my Savior. I have now been drug-free for more than three years. Today, I am a married man, a father, and a homeowner. Whether as a family man or as staff at MnTC’s Duluth Campus, I am a living example of what God can do!


My Story
I was smoking and selling marijuana as a teen. Partying and popularity was all I cared about, and I thought the drugs were the way to get it. After high school, I progressed into pain medications, telling myself that they couldn’t be bad if they were doctor prescribed. I had dropped out of college and pawned my possessions to buy drugs. I couldn’t believe that this was how life was for me. By grace, I ended up at MnTC and my life has been restored. After graduation I interned for the Know the Truth program, telling my story to thousands of high school kids so they can make better choices than I did. I give God all the glory.


My Story
Most of my life was complete chaos. Dysfunction was all I knew and drugs became a way for me to escape the pain. Thirteen years of drug addiction caused great pain and took me from my friends, my home, and my hope. Something had to change, or I would soon be dead. While at my weakest point, God used a faithful friend to lead me to MnTC. Here I encountered the unfailing love of Jesus that has restored me to the person I am today. I discovered that through Him there is freedom and joy that I never knew existed. After completing an internship at MnTC, I now work full time and plan to go into ministry.


My Story
I could never break free from the thoughts of all that I had messed up because of my addiction; disappointing my family, especially my son, financial struggles, and legal issues. Refusing to deal with problems kept me stuck in hopelessness. When I surrendered and entered this program, I found the faith to believe that God would get me through. After MnTC, I completed my bachelor’s degree. God has blessed me with a rewarding position in the Admissions Department where I can truly help people. God brought restoration with my son and all of my family. The greatest thing is that I feel peace throughout each day.


My Story
As a teenager, I thought alcohol would allow me to escape from the worthlessness I felt. But ten years of trying to “escape” only brought me into bondage. Problems piled up: arrests; lost friendships; and the destruction of my family. After being released from another stay in jail, I took a bottle of pills...wanting to end my life. Days later I walked through the doors of MnTC. The relationship with God I found here is the greatest gift I’ve been given. I have not taken a drink in five years. I am thankful to work as program staff, helping those who are battling addiction as I once did. I give praise to God who used MnTC to save my life.


My Story
Raised in poverty by cocaine-addicted parents, I felt that my path was already determined. I became an addict and a drug dealer. By 21, I was in a broken marriage and my two children did not have a real father. After years of selling and using, I found myself facing 14 years in prison. I was given a second chance by a judge who sentenced me to MnTC instead of prison. It was here that I was changed into a person of integrity and optimism and where I became the father I was destined to be. God has given me the privilege of being program coordinator at our Minneapolis Campus, helping others turn their lives around.


My Story
I started using as a teenager and have tried almost every drug there is. But meth was the one that took hold of me, and for 16 years I was living a life of crime, destroying every relationship I had. Facing prison time for my 8th felony charge, I asked God to take control of my ruined life. Nothing has been the same since. Instead of prison, God brought me to MnTC where I developed my relationship with Jesus. I have changed from the inside out, and my family sees it. I now work here as program staff, I am enrolled in school, and am blessed to do ministry outreach in the same jail I once occupied.

All Testimonies are true and actual, and used with permission.

The evidence of transformation is found in the stories of our current clients, our graduates and research studies which have been done on the efficacy of the MnTC program.

Although treatment outcomes are notoriously difficult to measure and compare, independent research by Wilder Research has demonstrated MnTC’s effectiveness using a broad range of measures.

For example, in their study of 154 former clients who graduated between 2007 and 2009:

  • 74 percent of adult program graduates reported no use in the previous six months
  • 58 percent had attended school since graduating
  • 77 percent were either working 30+ hours a week or were a full time student
  • 80+ percent rated the overall quality of MnTC as “outstanding” or “very good.”
  • When asked to name what helped most, the faith-based aspects of the program were mentioned most frequently.

For more about these results or how they were measured, see the full results summary here.

Job Opportunities

Mn Adult & Teen Challenge offers you a place where you can apply your skills in either a direct service position working directly with program clients or in a more administrative role providing organizational support. By providing direct services, you will have the opportunity to mentor and lead clients in our program. As an administrative employee, you can serve the clients by using your clerical, technical, or managerial skills to enhance the programs offered at Mn Adult & Teen Challenge.

To learn more about what is going on at Mn Adult & Teen Challenge, read our quarterly newsletter, which features stories of hope, changes at our centers across the state, drug trends in Minnesota, upcoming events and ways to get involved with our organization.If you would like to receive a print newsletter, sign up for our online community by clicking the button below.


February 2016 Newsletter | Online Version | PDF Version

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