Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mudslide Forces Evacuation
BC Teen Challenge looks to community for help
Released by Kristel MIles, BC Teen Challenge/Submitted photo
n Sunday, 12 women residing at the BC Teen Challenge recovery home in Abbotsford were instructed to gather their belongings and abandon the building.
Just twelve days ago, Brian West, the Centre Manager, noticed a new spring of water had appeared in the backyard, causing increased amounts of moisture on the landscape.
Since then, he and Adam Reynolds (BCTC’s Development Support Manager) have been closely monitoring the situation. On Sunday night it was apparent that the amounts of water, mud, and caving earth presented itself as a potential danger not only to the facilities, but more critically, to the women living in the house.
Blaine McDonald, Executive Director of BC Teen Challenge, immediately consulted several professionals, and at the urging of geotechnical engineers, gave the order for all women to evacuate the home. Engineers, professionals, and municipal officials are presently assisting to determine the severity of damage done, and researching all available remedies for the property.
Teen Challenge is a faith-based recovery program for men and women who are trapped in life-controlling addictions. The non-profit organization first began by reaching out to young people in the 1950’s, and here in BC they help adults from the ages of 19-45. There are four recovery homes across our province: three for men (Chilliwack, Okanagan, and Vancouver Island), and one for women (Abbotsford). Their 12-month core program includes educational training, spiritual restoration, and practical vocational experience.
The BCTC Women’s Centre, which has been serving the Abbotsford community for almost a decade, widens its doors to accept troubled women from across BC and Canada abroad. Due to the generosity of one donor, the women are presently safe and staying at a local Bed and Breakfast (albeit temporarily).
BC Teen Challenge is primarily funded through donations. You can give towards this cause at any Envision Financial branch in BC, under the name of “BC Teen Challenge Mudslide Disaster”.
You may also call toll free 1.888.575.3930 or visit www.bcteenchallenge.com. Practical gifts of groceries, toiletries, and gift cards are also deeply appreciated by the organization.
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