Our purpose is to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive.

Cincinnati Challenge Ranch is a faith-based residential program for 18-40 year-old men and women struggling with drug addiction and other life-controlling issues.

Our disciplined educational programs are 7 to 9 months and are accredited with Honors through the Teen Challenge USA network.

Cincinnati Challenge Ranch is structured to meet the spiritual, mental and physical needs in the student’s lives. Our focus is less on treating symptoms and more on addressing the constraints in an individual’s life. Student’s go through intensive studies, receive their GED if necessary, participate in occupational therapy and receive life equipping skills along with job placement opportunities.

Cincinnati Challenge Ranch, a 501 (c) (3) not for profit, is privately funded and derives its source of funding from the generosity of individuals, churches, businesses and program fees.

10 Unique Things About Us:

George Martin, Executive Director. Marty Martin, Women's Home Director

George Martin, Executive Director

Marty Martin, Women’s Home Director

Letter from the Director:

Dear friend,

Cincinnati Challenge Ranch is a non-denominational faith-based, relational discipleship program. Our focus is on incorporating holistic character development along with education, soft skills training and vocational therapy in preparation for social, family job readiness and responsibility.

Teen Challenge Cincinnati was founded in 1972


Cincinnati Challenge Ranch was started in 1972, largely through the efforts of Ken Bagwell, a former producer of a local television show. He was deeply concerned about drug addiction among young people in Cincinnati and, with the help of former Executive Director James C. Gray and others, began working in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood with the goal of establishing a Teen Challenge program in the city. Their success in the jails, hospitals and on the streets was an inspiration to others who helped incorporate a Teen Challenge in Cincinnati in January 1973. In June 1973, a building at 1410 Vine Street was purchased to establish off-street counseling and a rehabilitation center.