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Teen Challenge Canada strengthening national capital region communities one vehicle at a time

Each donation supports men and women working to overcome their addictions

There is another real epidemic spreading across Canada. 47,000 people die a year from substance abuse and 1 in 5 Canadians will meet the criteria for addiction at some point in their lifetime. Addiction should no longer be spoken about as a “taboo” subject as it affects almost every Canadian in some way.

The need for addiction treatment continues to grow every year.

With its newest location, the Eastern Ontario Men’s Centre in Renfrew, ON, there are now nine Teen Challenge Canada centres across five provinces, helping men and women 18 years and older overcome their personal addiction to drugs or alcohol, in order to lead full and productive lives.

The Teen Challenge program is a proven 12-month in-residence drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that started in New York City in 1958 and now encompasses 1500 worldwide locations. As a non-profit organization that receives no ongoing funding from the government, Teen Challenge Canada relies on donations from the community to provide its life-changing program.

Teen Challenge Canada operates a vehicle donation program that helps support men and women in program and with aftercare support

For more than 20 years, proceeds from selling used vehicles and scrap metal have been invested back into the life-changing addiction recovery ministry. But that’s just the beginning of the benefits of this social enterprise. One-third of all Vehicle Donation Program staff are Teen Challenge graduates, that fact speaks to the effectiveness of the program.

Donating is remarkably easy with a national toll-free number or a simple online form. Every person who donates receives a fair market tax receipt for their vehicle donation with a guaranteed minimum of $400. But in many cases the value is much higher, sometimes several hundred or even thousand dollars more!

Consider donating your used vehicle today by visiting

“Thank you to all our donors for your faithful giving that allows us to continue to do this critical work for those in our care and their families and communities. Your support is also vital as we reach out to those who are still considering seeking life-changing treatment at a Teen Challenge Canada centre, in order to start their journey to recovery,” says Teen Challenge Canada CEO, Glen Smeltzer.

When an individual struggling with addictions asks for assistance, you have the power to help. Simply by donating a vehicle, you’re helping to make Ottawa communities stronger. 

To donate your vehicle today and help change a life, go to or call 1 (800) 856-8902.

To learn more about the ministry of Teen Challenge Canada, go to

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