Yeah it sounds nice when they tell it ... but so that everyone knows...
"Teen Challenge is a Pentecostal Christian recovery program and a network of Christian social and evangelizing work centers. It is a 12-18 month program that serves drug addicts, gang members, prostitutes and people with other characteristics that the program considers to be "life-controlling problems", such as homosexuality. It is a mission of the Assemblies of God." You can read more about 'reparative therapy' for homosexuality here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conversion_therapy
In addition to this archaic and damaging stance on homosexuality, Teen Challenge admitadly does not hire non-Christians as employees, and while they do accept non-christians as "clients" these non-christians finish the program as "completed Jews" [for those who are not aware, 'completed Jews' are those who were of Jewish faith who have accepted Jesus as God and savior] Their official views on the Muslim faith is unknown. [again, all of this is fine... i suppose... but smacks of brainwashing]
I had NO idea who they were and when asked were told that they are a nice group of people trying to help teens overcome addiction. Which is fabulous, but a half-truth. Not EVEN a half-truth… I would say it is a lie by omission.
You may still choose to donate to them- and that is fine. I just wanted everyone to be aware of where our money is REALLY going.