Record Year of Giving

Officials at the National Office of Adult & Teen Challenge (ATC) say record giving is evidence that the organization has only gained momentum one year after the hire of Gary Blackard as the organization’s tenth president.

The organization logged a nearly 150% increase in the month of December alone (compared to December 2018), and is on pace to set a new record for the fiscal year ending March 31. “We’ve already surpassed last year’s total with two months left in the fiscal year,” said Patty Baker, ATC Director of Annual Giving. “In my 28 years serving this organization, I’ve never seen anything like it. As the problem of addiction grows in this country – so does the support for those working to serve hurting people!”

The funds being received are largely undesignated – making it possible for ATC to invest in new curriculum, an online learning management system, better tools for monitoring and evaluating outcomes, research, and increasing resources available for those providing addiction support services under the ATC umbrella.

President Gary Blackard said of the results, “It is truly humbling to see how the mission and vision of the National Office is being validated. We are truly grateful for God’s provision, made evident through our donors, partners and friends who make this ministry possible.”

With FY19 poised to end on a high note, the organization is already setting its sights to stretch in 2020 via “Project 2020”, a campaign designed to recruit regular monthly partners investing $20.00 per month – an amount that could provide one student ATC curriculum for a year, send a new director to a training conference, cover certification course fees, or go towards a variety of other important uses. For more information visit: https://teenchallengeusa.org/give/project-2020


With more than 200 residential centers within the US and Canada, Adult & Teen Challenge is a faith-based non-profit headquartered in Ozark, Missouri. Its mission is to provide adults & teens freedom from addiction and other life-controlling issues through Christ-centered solutions. Through effective discipleship, mentoring and life-skills training, ATC and its affiliates have seen positive outcomes and radical life-transformation throughout its sixty-year history.

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