Christian Encounter Ministries (CEM) has been dedicated to the purpose of reclaiming damaged young people for more than forty years. Since its inception in 1970, CEM has provided a safe haven for troubled youth where they can begin the process of the restoration of their physical, emotional, academic, and spiritual lives. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills north of Sacramento, Christian Encounter has an 86-acre ranch with facilities for twelve to eighteen residents, and is currently accepting females between the ages of 16 and 25, and males between the ages of 16 and 21. The rural setting offers residents a stark contrast between the peace available here and the chaos of their current living conditions.
Many residents have experienced tremendous personal tragedy. Some are victims of sexual abuse, child abduction, drug abuse in the home, alcoholism, multiple parent combinations, abandonment, gang violence, educational deficiency and more. Yet, because this is a voluntary program, the residents have at least a mustard seed of faith that they can live healthy and successful lives.