Delmarva Teen Challenge Offers a Second Chance at Life
Delmarva Teen Challenge’s mission is to give troubled individuals a second chance. On Saturday, Aug. 27, the 8th Annual Delmarva Teen Challenge Crab Feast and Watermelon Extravaganza will raise funds the organization needs to fulfill its mission.
Based out of Seaford, Delaware, Delmarva Teen Challenge is part of a international drug rehabilitation program called Teen Challenge, which offers Christ-centered, faith-based solutions to youth, adults and families who struggle with life-controlling issues.
History of Teen Challenge
Teen Challenge was founded by David Wilkerson, a Pentecostal preacher from rural Pennsylvania, who in Feb. 28, 1958 interrupted a highly publicized murder trial in New York City. Delmarva Teen Challenge’s website recounts what happened:
In a grave attempt to share the love of God, Wilkerson had rushed to the front of the courtroom at the close of trial proceedings and pleaded publicly with the judge for permission to meet the teenage defendants. News media were everywhere, and Wilkerson unwittingly made himself the source of headline news throughout New York City. The judge had been receiving death threats during the trial, and Wilkerson was almost arrested as a presumed assailant. The judge later refused Wilkerson’s request to see the boys and ordered him never to return to his courtroom.
Undaunted by what transpired in the courtroom, in 1960 Wilkerson established the first Teen Challenge center in Brooklyn, New York. Teen Challenge has since grown to more than 170 centers in 48 states and nearly 250 centers in 80 countries.
About Delmarva Teen Challenge
Delmarva Teen Challenge is a one year-residential program that helps people with life controlling problems,” said Bob Carey, executive director of Delmarva Teen Challenge. “Whether it be gambling, alcoholism, drug addiciton, whatever is causing someone’s life to become unmanageable, we believe a relationship with Christ is the answer.”
Delmarva Teen Challenge, which takes in people from the streets as well as through referrals, offers both men’s and women’s programs for youths and adults alike. The programs serve those in need across Delmarva, including Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, the 8th Annual Delmarva Teen Challenge Crab Feast and Watermelon Extravaganza will be held at Cypress Point in the Trap Pond State Park. The event will feature a live gospel music performance by The Reminders. Tickets are $30, with children under 12 free with an accompanying adult. For reservations or more information call (302) 629-2559. Event proceeds will benefit Delmarva Teen Challenge. ‘
Delmarva Teen Challenge
611 3rd & North Street
PO Box 1271
Seaford, DE 19973
Office: (302) 629-2559 Fax: (302) 629-8824