Monday, November 18, 2013

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Where Healing Happens

Abbotsford recovery program gains women's facility

Released by Kristel Miles, BC Teen Challenge/Photo submitted



C Teen Challenge is pleased to announce that they have secured a long-term facility for their Abbotsford Women’s Centre, a local recovery home.

BC Teen Challenge offers faith-based residential care for people in our community struggling with various types of addiction.

The 12-month program includes spiritual restoration, educational training, and practical vocational experience. There are four centres (homes) across BC: three for men (Chilliwack, Okanagan, and Vancouver Island) and one for women (Abbotsford).

The organization of Teen Challenge began in 1958 by reaching out to young people in the ghettos of New York City. Here in Canada, the addiction recovery program is offered to adults aged 19 and up.

The Abbotsford Women’s Centre opened in 2003, originally located on a beautiful property near Whatcom exit, which offered a peaceful and remote setting for healing.

In April 2013, a dangerous mudslide was discovered on the property, forcing all residents and staff to evacuate. Over the summer months, the women were moved between two temporary facilities, while BC Teen Challenge leadership searched for an ideal long-term solution.

The remediation of the mudflow continued as further concerns with the original property were considered, including its maximum capacity for only nine students. The house required significant upgrades to the water system in order to accommodate more residents.

After months of careful deliberation, BC Teen Challenge is excited to confirm that they have secured a new permanent home through a partnership with Fraser Valley Gleaners, another non-profit organization here in Abbotsford, BC. 

The property is located on a serene ten acres of land, and boasts several bedrooms with plenty of room for more students. There is ample space for a variety of activities such as outdoor gardening, recreation, and community involvement.

The ladies have officially moved into their new home, lovingly named “Patricia House” in memory of a woman who lost her battle with addiction. This humbly serves as a reminder of why the BC Teen Challenge Abbotsford Women’s Centre exists. 

BC Teen Challenge is deeply honoured to have the privilege of investing into the lives of women whose desire is to be set free from addiction and be given a second chance in life. Many generations are impacted as a result.

The months of transition have been challenging, and staff and volunteers have gone to great lengths to provide consistency and stability for their residents. Although the women have now found a home, the centre is still in great need of monthly financial supporters and various practical donations.

If you would like to give towards this cause, please contact Angie Appenheimer, Abbotsford Women’s Centre Manager at 1.888.575.3930 (ext.306) or visit

BC Teen Challenge is a registered charity and primarily funded through your generous donations. We are grateful that businesses, churches and individuals are able to work together to make our program a reality, ultimately helping to build a more healthy, productive and vibrant community.



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