On Saturday, August 26th, help put hope within reach of those trapped in addiction. Bring the family to Mill Lake (by the water park) for the Victory Walk-A-Run-A-Thon which includes prizes, face painting and kids games in support and awareness of addiction.
Addiction afflicts every race, gender, and economic class. The financial and emotional cost to families, communities, and nations is staggering. Addicted teens are failing school, marriages are falling apart, and men and women are driven to the streets. Drug-related unrest creates at-risk communities and costs a nation billions of dollars in health care, crime, and unemployment.
Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich recently visited our centre and shared the tragic realities of addiction with our staff and residents. In 2016, the Fraser Valley health region had 259 deaths. In BC, it was 945. By May 2017, there were already 640, with a projected year end death rate of almost 1500. Evidently, as a community, we must work together to bring education, resources and safe environments to the broken of our cities, ones that foster personal healing, growth and achieve lasting change. Adult & Teen Challenge BC is such a place, where men and women can get help, and become healed and whole.
The Abbotsford Women’s Centre is a 12 month residential recovery and restoration program for women 19+ trapped in life controlling addictions. We have been serving the Abbotsford community since 2003, with applicants from across Canada. The women in our program have boldly decided to do whatever it takes to become healthy daughters, granddaughters, sisters, and mothers. They want to move beyond the devastation of their past and get their lives and families back!
The heart and resolve of our organization is to bring hope within reach of every addict across Canada. Adult & Teen Challenge BC has three locations; the Chilliwack and Okanagan Men’s Centre and the Abbotsford Women’s Centre. We are a faith based organization that endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. To achieve this, we incorporate various program elements, including educational curriculum, mentoring, counselling, practical work experience, community volunteer work and life skills training. We are known and respected in our community.
The organization of Teen Challenge began in 1958, in the fight against addiction and gang life on the streets of New York. Nearly 60 years later, Teen Challenge now has 1400 centres in over 122 countries of the world, and growing. As an organization within a community that desperately needs restoration, we will not shirk back from the epidemic – we are ready, willing and able to help change lives. Please support us in this transformative endeavour.
To learn more contact 1.888.575.3930 or e-mail aappenheimer@teenchallengebc.