Blessed to be a blessing
Having known a few people that went through the Teen Challenge program, I see that it is remarkable in its success. I will have to look it up, but I recall an extensive study that was done by a secular researcher that found Teen Challenge had recidivism rates that were incomparably low compared to any other program. I will get back to you when I have time to look up the study.
In the last few years, a few studies have looked at both faith-based and secular social service providers, and they have particularly tried to replicate the incredible results boasted by the model Texas programs. The verdict? There is no evidence that faith-based organizations work better than their secular counterparts; and, in some cases, they are actually less effective. In one study funded by the Ford Foundation, investigators found that faith-based job training programs placed only 31 percent of their clients in full-time employment while the number for secular organizations was 53 percent. And Teen Challenge's much ballyhooed 86 percent rehabilitation rate falls apart under examination--the number doesn't include those who dropped out of Teen Challenge and relies on a disturbingly small sample of those graduates who self-reported whether they had remained sober, significantly tilting the results.