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The Refuge

A Safe Residential Program for
Struggling Teen Girls in Small-Town Indiana

Residential Program for Struggling Teen Girls in Small-Town Indiana

The Refuge Girls Academy in Central Indiana offers struggling girls, ages 12-17, a faith-based program and personal therapy for healing from behavioral or academic problems. Our 12 to 15-month residential program helps girls acquire a healthy mind, body, and spirit while living in a structured, reliable setting.

The Refuge uses a caring approach, teaching girls to live well and flourish. As they interact in group Bible studies and the Stay Sharp™ prevention course, girls learn to embrace God’s love, practice responsibility, and discover their purpose in life. Troubled girls also experience character-building activities, equine therapy, and community service opportunities at local churches in small-town Central Indiana.

When girls need to improve and earn school credits, The Refuge provides personalized classroom and online academics for each girl, with help from an experienced tutor in our secure, on-campus classroom.


Girls also acquire skills for success as they work locally at local small-town businesses and our newest venture, The Lebanon Brew mobile coffee truck.

Licensed Therapy Provides Hope for Your Teen’s Future

The Refuge Features Equine Therapy, Art Therapy and More with Licensed Therapists

Our licensed therapists treat resident girls on-campus. Upon intake, girls receive a psychological assessment. Then our therapist or psychiatrist provides treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy-DBT, and personal guidance. Because it is essential to have someone safe to talk to, teen girls can open up and share how they think and feel- without fear of punishment. Our therapist listens carefully and nurtures positive change.

Small-Town Indiana Mentors Help Your
Troubled Teen Girl

An exceptional feature of The Refuge involves dozens of local women mentors from area churches who spend time and support our resident teen girls. Mentors offer vital support and guidance, bring gifts, attend parties with her, and even take her off-campus with qualified staff to enjoy time together at Lebanon’s shops, diners, and parks. Where else could a struggling teen girl in a residential boarding school find this personal and spiritual support from a local Christian woman who truly cares and prays for her? You can only find it here at The Refuge Girls Academy in Central Indiana, a Teen Challenge program!

Troubled Teen Girl? Get Help Now


The Refuge Girls Academy

The Refuge-Excellent Therapy & Activities
with a Small-Town Tuition


Physical Health & Spiritual Renewal

A consistent daily schedule helps teen girls build healthy bodies, minds, and spirits.


Fun & Healing Activities

Include exercise four times a week at the local athletic facility, gardening classes, art therapy, and equine therapy at Agape Horse-Assisted Services nearby.


Spiritual Activities

on-campus include gathering daily for morning and evening devotions and Chapel services on Wednesdays at Noon.


Academic Growth

We personalize each girl’s schoolwork for academic repair and improvement—resident girls’ study online courses in our secure campus classroom, assisted by our tutor and staff.


Serve, Work & Prosper

In our active vocational program, girls acquire marketable job skills and hands-on experience in downtown Lebanon, IN at Starbucks, Arnie’s Pizza, and our new mobile coffee truck, “The Lebanon Brew.”


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To restore adolescent females (ages 13-17) with life controlling problems to a productive lifestyle and become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive.

What Leaders Say About Our Program

  • John Ashcroft
    Former Attorney General
    John Ashcroft

    “I have been a long time support of the work Teen Challenge has accomplished and the help they have provided over the years.”

  • Ronald Reagan
    Former President
    Ronald Reagan

    “Teen Challenge is effective; it is literally changing the lives of young Americans from every walk of life. The work and dedication of Teen Challenge deserves the commendation of every citizen.”

  • James Dobson
    Founder Focus on the Family
    Dr. James C. Dobson

    “Organizations like Teen Challenge…have a far better record of dealing with social issues and people in difficulty than do the bureaucrats.”

  • Dan Cathy
    CEO Chick-fil-A
    Dan T. Cathy

    “I truly admire Teen Challenge because of its loving, life-giving ministry to individuals who are bound by life controlling addictions.”

  • George Bush
    President George
    W. Bush

    “Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”

  • John C. Maxwell
    Bestselling Leadership Author
    John C. Maxwell

    “Teen Challenge offers hope and restoration to individuals by exchanging their distorted views on life with God’s perspectives.”

  • Jim Blanchard
    Past Director AT&T
    Jim Blanchard

    “I have not seen a more effective ministry in leading hurting people to a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.”

  • Kevin Leman
    Psychologist and Author
    Dr. Kevin Leman

    “I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Teen Challenge…they really make a difference in lives and each of us can be proud that they are part of our community.”

  • John Walters
    Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
    John P. Walters

    “Teen Challenge is doing the job that others only talk about. Teen Challenge is a reputable institution that needs to be highlighted.”



What our Clients are Saying