Buffalo Teen Challenge
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Buffalo Adult and Teen Challenge was established in 1978 with the hopes that it would provide a safe haven for men who were seeking to be set free from drugs and alcohol. The program was originally part of a support base including Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse known as Empire State Teen Challenge. In the beginning stages, “Buffalo Teen Challenge” functioned as an induction center housing men seeking refuge from addiction. Since then the center has been relocated to the “Fruit-Belt” District of Downtown Buffalo.
In 2017 Long Island Teen Challenge accepted the oversight of what is now known as “Buffalo Adult & Teen Challenge”. We are now part of a network of Teen Challenge Centers that fall underneath the covering of New York Teen Challenge. We are currently functioning as a 35-bed, full-length program that offers residential discipleship to men ages 18 and up.
Buffalo Adult & Teen Challenge is overseen by Director Dave Bengyak who has served in NYTC since 2009. During his tenure at NYTC God has impressed upon his heart the importance of discipleship, vision, growth, and expansion. Buffalo Adult & Teen Challenge shows itself to be a credible and innovative answer to the drug epidemic as we serve as a sanctuary for broken lives effected by addiction.