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Mission of Shenandoah Valley Adult Teen Challenge

To help youth, adults, and families with life-controlling problems become established in society through faith-based mentoring, counseling, education, and being self-supporting.


Shenandoah Valley Adult Teen Challenge offers a three-phase residential, Christ-Centered Discipleship program. The three phases are academic, application, and reentry.


We strive to create a framework that helps the ones that want to recover to become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.



What does Shenandoah Valley Adult Teen Challenge offer?

Long term residential discipleship program for adults (both male and female).

Statements of Faith

Adult Teen Challenge is a Bible-based program with teachings that focus on the life-changing power brought about by believing and surrendering to a loving God through his son Jesus Christ. Most of our students are unchurched and have little or no knowledge of the Bible. With that in mind, our ministry concentrated particularly on grace, forgiveness and living a Godly life. We purposely shy away from the controversial theological issues that have divided God’s church, choosing rather to focus on the simple truths that are foundational to living the Christian life. These truths are as follows: 

  1. The Bible is the inspired and the only infallible and authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter 2:2).
  2. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 5:17-30).
  3. The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ is shown in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule (Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 7:26; Acts 1:9-11; I Corinthians 15:3-4).
  4. The only means of salvation is through repentance and faith in Christ (Luke 24:47; Romans 8:16, 10:13-15; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7; Ephesians 2:13-14).
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by who’s indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Ephesians 1:13-14).
  6. There is a resurrection of the saved and the lost; the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:34-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:1-4).

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Program Information


Our program is 12 months in length.


The induction phase consists of biblically based life changing skills designed for change.


Our second phase, Breaking Free, helps the student unearth the roots of addiction and build hope and purpose in Christ. It also teaches students the necessary skills to live a balanced life.


Phase three, known as reentry, teaches leadership skills, financial management, live a Christian Life outside of Shenandoah Valley Adult Teen Challenge, etc. and prepares them to return home.   

General Rules

  1. Shenandoah Valley Adult Teen Challenge will not tolerate physical threats, intimidation or violence. 
  2. Shenandoah Valley Adult Teen Challenge will not tolerate any sexually deviant behavior. 
  3. Use of tobacco (including nicotine patches or gum), vaping, alcohol, or illegal drugs is not allowed. 
  4. Medication – you may take over-the-counter medication according to the instructions on the bottle. No sleep aids are allowed. We do not accept individuals on psychotropic medication.  Applicants must be weaned off these meds by the prescribing practitioner 30 days prior to entry Prescriptions for cholesterol, diabetes, etc. may be taken. Please discuss ALL medications that you are currently taking or anticipate taking while you are in the program with the intake coordinator before entrance into the program, as some prescription medications are not allowed. 
  5. Students who arrive “high” or under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be screened. If there is any medical risk, it will be suggested student enters a detox program before entering SVATC.
  6. Profane language and boasting about past lifestyles is not allowed. 
  7. Arguing with the staff, interns, and other students is not allowed. 
  8. Listening to or playing secular music is not allowed. 
  9. Gambling is not allowed. 
  10. Astrology, witchcraft, and discussion/practice of the occult is not allowed. 
  11. Proper care of all SVATC property is expected at all times.  Students will be charged for damaging property.


  1. All students must be well-groomed. For men – no facial hair except a well-groomed mustache. Please see individual rule books for appearance rules for each program.
  2. Appropriate clothing is required for each activity. 


  1. Mail, in and out, is limited to family, pastors, and probation officers. 
  2. You may have contact with girlfriends, boyfriends, or a fiancé provided you did not participate with them in your addiction or any of those individuals have a substance addiction. This will be addressed at time of admission
  3. All mail and packages, in and out, are monitored by a Shenandoah Valley Adult Teen Challenge staff member. 

Phone Calls

  1. All calls, in and out, are monitored by SVATC staff. 
  2. All calls must be approved prior to being made or received. 

Personal Belongings

  1. All student money is kept in an account by the administrator. Students are only allowed a maximum of $100 in account for personal use. 
  2. SVATC does not store personal belongings. Please be sure to limit yourself to necessary items. 
  3. SVATC is not responsible for stolen valuables. 
  4. All bags and belongings will be checked coming in and going out. 
  5. No pets allowed. 
  6. Students who leave the program or are dismissed must take all personal belongings with them at the time of departure. SVATC will not be responsible for items left behind. 


P.O. Box 375
Basye, VA 22810


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