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Providing help and hope for those who hurt

Mission Statement

To provide youth, adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order to become productive members of society.  By applying biblical principles, Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally-sound, emotionally-balanced, socially-adjusted, physically-well, and spiritually-alive.

Not Just For Teens

Although the 12-14 month residential programs provided by Teen Challenge accept as young as 16 years and older, the majority are for adults of all ages.

Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc. provides scholarship funds toward initial induction fees.  If you or some you know is struggling with a life-controlling problem and want help...THERE IS HOPE! 


Teen Challenge knows that the student's symptoms are indicative of deeper problems and conflicts; we understand that a new life in Christ will give them the power and ability to overcome these problems and live a more productive life.


The healing of past abuses is necessary.  Bible studies enhance mental growth and serve as a foundation for creating new lives.


We care for the physical needs of the students.  These needs - a drug-free environment, food, recreation, etc. - are key factors to the student's success in the program.


Students learn to work through relationship problems with their peers and with their families at home.  They will learn to apply the character qualities they learn in the classroom to their everyday lives.


Teen Challenge has developed a curriculum specifically designed to teach students about God and help them develop the skills required for them to become successful Christians.  Adolescent centers provide secondary education, while some adult centers offer GED programs.



Donate to Starfish

Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.  Any amount donated is tax-deductible according to the IRS rules governing 501(c)(3) organizations. Every dollar not spent on our minimal administrative costs goes directly to the life-changing treatment of a member of our community.  Donate today by mailing a tax-deductible donation to:

Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc.

9 North Mulberry Street

Mansfield, Ohio 44902

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Contact Starfish

Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc.

Valerie Rust (Intake Coordinator):


Stan Rust (Intake Team member):



(Mailing Address Only)

9 North Mulberry Street

Mansfield, Ohio  44902