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beauty for ashes

women + Children's



Beauty for Ashes is 9 - 12 month residential Teen Challenge program for adult women with children.

We exist to provide a safe, stable, and loving home environment for women with life-controlling problems.  We offer help, hope and healing to both mother and child.  An effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based curriculum, life skills training, life applications, and Church and community involvement lead to mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual wholeness.   



Our hope is to open a residential home in the Greater Richmond Region for men who are ready to leave their old life behind and start a new clean life found in Christ.


#hope804 is the name of our fundraising campaign to start the first and only Adult and Teen Challenge in Richmond, Virginia.

Please pray for us as we lead outreach teams in the Greater Richmond Region.

who we are

Adult and Teen Challenge North-Central Virginia is comprised of the Fredericksburg, Beauty for Ashes Women and Children's Home and Richmond Outreach.  All three ministries exist to provide loving, stable home environments for those caught in the trap of a life-controlling problem.  Through discipleship, biblical teaching, mentoring, education, training and spiritual direction, Adult and Teen Challenge North Central Virginia is seeing lives saved, transformed, and dedicated to the Lord everyday! 


Came from​

where we came from

Adult and Teen Challenge North Central Virginia was established in 2002 by Rev. Michael T. Zello and his wife, Cindy. Together, with their children, they answered the call of God on their lives to move from the Maryland side of Washington D.C., after 19 years of service to Maryland Teen Challenge, to pioneer this much needed work.

Now, Mike and Cindy serve as the Founders of Adult and Teen Challenge North Central Virginia.  

Read more about the founding of Adult and Teen Challenge USA here


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