When the COVID-19 pandemic stalled the country – and the world – in March of 2020, many of the valuable resources and programs millions of Canadians depend on stopped as well. People experiencing addiction lost their connection to social support, felt isolated, vulnerable, and afraid that their hard work of recovery would backfire.
According to a report by the Canadian Centre of Substance Use and Addiction,
“These effects of COVID-19 have exposed or aggravated health vulnerabilities for those who use substances, but have also encouraged creative, resilient responses to care for their well-being during this time.”
How those in addiction were able to find support, communicate, and form connections during an extended period of lockdowns and social distancing had to evolve and programs had to adapt to continue meeting these needs – but some couldn’t.
Despite the numerous changes related to COVID-19, Teen Challenge Canada has been able to persevere to continue providing services to those experiencing addiction across Canada and more recently in the Ottawa region. The Eastern Ontario Men’s Centre in Renfrew, Ontario, which opened in January 2022, has remained committed to filling each of their beds.
Teen Challenge Canada provides a permanent solution to addictions, giving a better chance at long-term success than many other programs can provide.
Teen Challenge Canada is a non-profit organization that provides a proven 12-month drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at 1500 worldwide locations with 9 locations across Canada.
With its three-phase core program, clients work through detoxifying their mind, spirit, and body and create a treatment plan with an Accredited Addiction Counsellor. Throughout the 12 months, clients continue to grow and recover until they’re reading to graduate from the program with a strong exit strategy.
Many graduates continue within the Teen Challenge aftercare program, becoming valuable mentors and staff who can share their recovery with incoming clients.
“Teen Challenge Canada helps men and women reorient their lives and rebuild themselves.”
“The desire to ease physical and emotional pain drives most addictions. When the anguish and shame are gone, men and women can embrace sobriety and live a full and productive life. Trusting God and receiving the love of Jesus makes this lasting change possible! That is why a faith-based component to recovery is so important,” says Teen Challenge Canada’s 2021 Impact Report.
Do you have a used vehicle you no longer need? Teen Challenge Canada receives zero funding from the Canadian or Ontario government and relies completely on donations from the community in order to support its life-changing programs. The Teen Challenge Vehicle Donation Program accepts all type of vehicles as a method of raising funds. Professionally appraised tax receipts issued, with a $600 minimum.
You have the power to help those in the Ottawa area overcome addiction and become strong, sustainable members of the community. Simply by donating a vehicle, you can help change a life and support local men and women caught in addiction. Consider donating your vehicle today. Visit them online to learn more here or call 1 (800) 856-8902.