TEEN CHALLENGE NEEDS SUPPORT TO CONTINUE DRUG REHABILITATION – ON PAUSE ‘TIL NEXT YEAR
The Board of Directors of Teen Challenge Barbados has agreed to suspend the on-residence aspect of the Teen Challenge drug rehabilitation programme in order to facilitate major infrastructural changes.
Since 1998, Teen Challenge has been operating from a facility located at the old Mapps College property in Sandford, St. Philip. The main two-storey building which houses the student dormitory and administrative offices, was built in the 1940’s of rubble stone, with a first floor constructed of timber. As with buildings of this nature, maintenance is required constantly and the dorm section suffers from a badly deteriorated, termite-eaten floor and structural cracks in the walls.
Chairman, Andy Downes, explains: “It is therefore partly for this reason that we have decided to suspend the on-residence programme to allow our staff to focus on fund-raising efforts. This will enable us to finish our new office and dorm block that is presently approximately 80% complete. We have been provided an estimate of $90,000 from a well established construction firm, which has offered to assist by contributing their labour and expertise at cost.”
Mr. Downes says that Teen Challenge has met and overcome many challenges with God’s help and the support of caring individual and organizations and is thankful for this support. However, continued support is critical to the continuation of the drub rehabilitation programme.
He says, “In addition to seeking the necessary funds for this project, we also need to continue our fund-raising efforts for the operation of the facility, since we will need to make it ready for the students in the next four months. This includes replacing beds, linens, furniture, kitchen utensils and major appliances such as freezers, refrigerators, washing machines and stoves. To this end, we ask for your continued support, both monetary and in kind.
“We are very excited about the completion of this project which will allow us to expand the number of students that can be accommodated in the programme,” Mr. Downes adds, “while providing a facility that is both fit for purpose and aesthetically pleasing.”