Grace Harbor Update April 2020

Construction for Grace Harbor Women’s Center
is well underway!

Grace Harbor Women’s Center, Teen Challenge Monterey Bay’s newest center is currently under construction. This center will provide beds for 50 women on a multi-month recovery & Christian Discipleship program, and an additional 42 beds for at-risk & homeless women (& children) on a day-to-day basis. The center will also contain the Lighthouse Treasures Shoppe, TCMB Catering & Rustic Table Restaurant, and a Pregnancy Resource Center.

Even with the current Shelter In Place orders, we are able to move forward with Grace Harbor construction because of its essential role to the community of offer a safe place for women to find freedom from life-controlling addictions and issues. As an added bonus, students from our Pajaro Men’s Center in the trade track are able to put their knowledge and skill toward this amazing project.

Construction is moving fast. Here are just a few things that were accomplished this week:

  • We finished the framing of the walls and ceilings for 1/3 of the floor area.
  • The exterior masonry wall footing for the exit corridor was poured.
  • Prepped the steel beam and columns for the folding wall that will separate the dining area from the multi-propose room.
  • Underfloor plumbing was installed for the Café section.

The completion of Grace Harbor Women’s center is at the top of our list of projects for Teen Challenge.

Our current women’s center is at capacity and sadly have to turn away women who are seeking the help they need. Grace Harbor will allow us to immediately get women into the program. Teen Challenge Monterey Bay has been and is committed to offering our programs for free.

Written on one of the posts, I John 4:4, “You are of God, my children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you than He who is in the world.”

While we are a self-sustaining ministry, with funding coming from our endeavors of the Rustic Table and other programs, in this time of uncertainty, we need your help. Most of our services that our students participate in have been slowed or ceased. The need to provide a safe place and a way of freedom for men and women facing life-controlling issues has not. We need your help to not only raise funds to finish the Grace Harbor project but to also help sustain our staff and students through this time.

Would you be willing to help?

There are several ways that you can help continue the work at Grace Harbor and Teen Challenge Monterey Bay as a whole. First and foremost, would you consider praying for our staff and students? We know that the challenges we face are opportunities to see God work!

You can also contribute financially, if you are able.

Lastly, you can donate assets to Teen Challenge Monterey Bay. We have partnered with Orchard Alliance on the ability to donate assets in lieu of a monetary donation. They manage donations of Shares, Assets, Land, Yachts, etc.

All donations to Teen Challenge are tax deductible.

Thank you for continuing to pray for us, our students, and those we serve. We look forward to sending more updates on Grace Harbor and all of Teen Challenge Monterey Bay as we witness God doing amazing things in and through the lives of those we encounter.

Important Message from Teen Challenge Monterey Bay

Mike Borden MBTC

Important message from Teen Challenge Monterey Bay

Dear Teen Challenge Monterey Bay Family and Supporters,


In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Teen Challenge Monterey Bay (TCMB) family has fallen on desperate times. Up until this year, TCMB has been able to self-support through enterprises, event services, work calls, and donations from local stores. As a result of the COVID-19 “Shelter in Place” order, all enterprises and event services have been shut down.

We are asking for help and support from our TCMB family and supporters. Any help is greatly appreciated. Your donation will provide food, shelter, and emergency services to an underserved community and allow our centers to continue to operate at capacity. Through this crisis, the Pajaro Rescue Mission has kept its doors open and continues to feed the underprivileged every day and night. Your donation will help keep all of our centers open during this time. Our centers include: The Pajaro Rescue Mission, The Joseph Family House, The Pajaro Men’s Center, The Freedom Women’s Center, Freedom Family House, Coast Counties Teen Challenge, Sierra Pacific Teen Challenge, and High Desert Adult and Teen Challenge.

TCMB is a long-term residential program and we serve men, women, and children with life-controlling issues. TCMB does not receive any government funding. We earn approximately 90% of our budget through work projects and enterprises, where our students learn skills and how to support themselves upon the completion of their program.

We do not charge our students anything; their program is completely free.

All donations sent to our center are tax-deductible. Please know that by supporting us in this time you are partnering with us as we continue to save lives and support the underprivileged.

Please make checks payable to Teen Challenge Monterey Bay/TCMB and mail directly to:

Teen Challenge Monterey Bay
P.O. Box 1807
Watsonville, Ca 95077

or click on this link to donate via our website

Forever in His Service,

Mike Borden
Executive Director

Teen Challenge Monterey Bay is a non-profit, Christian 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID#77-0151684. Gifts are deductible as charitable contributions for Federal and State income tax purposes, as allowed by tax regulations.