About Adult & Teen Challenge of Central Canada

For over 60 years, Adult & Teen Challenge has operated on a holistic model of drug and alcohol recovery. This means that we are concerned with the body, mind, and spirit of those who come to our addiction recovery centers. Our vision is to put Hope Within Reach for our communities; to see all people freed from life-controlling issues through the power of Jesus Christ!

What Makes Us Different?

Transformation – Not Treatment

The biggest difference between Adult & Teen Challenge and a traditional recovery center is our focus on Christ. Our programs depend on the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s word to provide our students with a guiding light. Treatment is important, but transformation is key.

Discipleship & Evangelism

Through our Bible-based curriculum, students learn how to apply God’s Word to their lives. They also learn to recognize the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives, invite God to help them overcome their life-controlling problems, and become more like Christ.

Long-Term Residential Programs

Our programs are 12 months long. This timeframe provides ample opportunity for adults and teens to confront their destructive choices, their self-sabotaging behavior, and their unhealthy views. It then gives them a safe place to establish a new “normal”— assured of the love of God and under the guidance of Biblical principles.

History

Adult & Teen Challenge is a faith based discipleship program aimed at helping people who are struggling with addiction. It was founded in 1958 by the late Rev. David Wilkerson (author of The Cross & The Switchblade). There are now programs operating in over 125 countries, including those in Central Canada: Brandon, Winnipeg, Denare Beach & Thunder Bay.

Residential Program

Whether you are struggling with a life-controlling addiction, or know someone who is, you don’t have to face it alone. Our long-term residential program for men and women can help you find freedom from your addictions. Our model for recovery is based on biblical principles, accountability and support.

Non-Residential Program

Our Non-Residential Program offers support groups for those struggling with addiction. These groups are led by trained ATC staff & ambassadors, in a small group discipleship method. Using biblical principles, the studies address important topics including, overcoming life controlling problems,  coping methods, facing fear, overcoming disappointments, Godly heroes, sexual purity, anger and more.

Family/Loved One Support

Adult & Teen Challenge offers a support for those who have a loved one struggling. The Family/Loved ones support programs are often the first step in a loved one receiving help. 

Families benefit immensely by getting help themselves, as they generally don’t have training on how to help their loved one who’s struggling with addiction. This curriculum along with the small group support, does just that. While allowing us the opportunity to walk alongside them on the journey. 

Drug Awareness

Our outreach team and choir specialize in sharing stories of hope and addiction prevention in churches, schools, youth groups, prisons and more.

Successful Living Program

This program equips our students along with members of the general public with job ready skills & life tools. 

The heart of SLP is intentional coaching/mentoring specifically designed for each participant’s personal goals, needs, strengths and life journey. With the outcome of living and working independently.

During this program people have the opportunity to acquire experience skills such as, retail, customer service, vehicle shop, and commercial kitchen knowledge of learning how to cook for up to 300 people. Along with obtaining multiple provincial certifications as listed below to help build a résumé.

  • Forklift 
  • Food Handlers 
  • Skid Steer 
  • Level II CPR 
  • WHMIS 
  • Tire Changing & Balancing

Monthly Partnership Program | Be part of a story

We count on regular monthly support from a variety of donors to operate. We encourage a minimum monthly donation of $30. Monthly partners receive a quarterly postcard featuring a story from a student currently in recovery, along with a magnetic frame for their fridge and the opportunity to correspond with that individual. It is a great way to be part of someone’s story. 

Your Giving Counts

 89% of your donation goes directly to our programming. 63% of our funds are generated from self-sustaining projects, Super Thrift stores, vehicle donations and special events. Private donations and church support bridge the gap and help us deliver quality awareness and recovery programs. We do not receive government money for operating costs.