BC Teen Challenge has found a long-term facility for its Abbotsford Women’s Centre, a local recovery home.
The centre, which opened in 2003, was the site of a mudslide on its former property in April of his year, and all residents and staff were forced to evacuate the home.
Over the summer, the women were moved between two temporary facilities, while BC Teen Challenge leadership searched for a long-term solution.
The former property – located near the Whatcom Road exit off Highway 1 – continued to have issues with mud flow, and there were also concerns that the site allowed a maximum of only nine people.
The home would have required significant upgrades to the water system in order to accommodate more residents.
After months of deliberation, BC Teen Challenge secured a new permanent home through a partnership with the Fraser Valley Gleaners.
The property is located on 10 acres, and boasts several bedrooms with room for more residents.
There is also space for activities such as gardening, recreation and community involvement.
The home has been named “The Patricia House” in memory of a woman who lost her battle with addiction.
The facility offers a 12-month program that includes spiritual restoration, education training, and practical vocational experience.
BC Teen Challenge also runs three men’s centres in Chilliwack, the Okanagan and Vancouver Island.
The Abbotsford Women’s Centre is now seeking monthly financial supporters and practical donations. For more information, call manager Angie Appenheimer at 1-888-575-3930 (ext. 306) or visit bcteenchallenge.com.