Teen Challenge of Western NY opened its doors in 1978 as Buffalo Teen Challenge. Since then, we have relocated to downtown Buffalo and currently operate a 22-bed facility which serves the Buffalo/Niagara area. In recognition of our diverse region and the majority of people served in the Buffalo/Niagara frontier, we formally changed our name to Teen Challenge of Western NY in 2009.

The program provides residential recovery to men ages 18 and over from all ethnic, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. We believe that there is hope for recovery for every individual who is bound with life controlling problems such as an addiction to drugs or alcohol by establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe there is hope even when all other methods have failed.


Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive.


Students are involved in a loving and well-disciplined environment. This includes counseling, group interaction, religious activities, academic instruction, recreation and vocational training. Community outreach programs and church attendance are required.

Students go through our program in 2 phases and upon successful completion they have the opportunity to move forward additional training and education or return home.


After completion of the program, 72 percent of Teen Challenge graduates continue their education, 75 percent are employed, 87.5 percent do not require additional treatment for substance abuse, and 92 percent report good-to-excellent health. In short, Teen Challenge transforms drug addicts who are blights to their communities into valuable citizens who are benefits to their communities. More information on actual studies conducted on the program can be found on our national website:  www.teenchallengeusa.com.