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Teen Challenge COVID-19 Update

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Contents ...
  1. Introduction
  2. Event & Ministry Team Updates
  3. Program Restrictions
  4. Recent Centre Updates/Closures
  5. Sponsorship
  6. More Information Regarding COVID-19
Updated: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

In a time of anxiety generated by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, people everywhere are making difficult decisions in order to protect the health and welfare of others. Teen Challenge Canada is not exempt.

As Teen Challenge Canada continues to monitor the local and national incidences of the coronavirus and the illness it causes, we aim to protect the individuals in our care, their visiting families, our guests and our local staff.

(See https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html for the latest updates on the virus).

By listening and following local Public Health Unit suggestions for each region, Teen Challenge Canada aims to maintain safe and healthy centres and workplaces, by minimizing the transmission of contagious disease, sustain our rehabilitation programs with operational continuity and encouraging an ethos of fairness, open communication and concern for the wellbeing of our students, guests and staff.

Ministry Status

All Teen Challenge Canada Gala Banquets and Sunday Morning Ministry/Choir Team events, lead by TCC staff and students, are cancelled until further notice.

If you have purchased a ticket to one of our Spring Gala Banquets, please go your local centre's website for more information or go directly to the link below to indicate your preference(s) around being contacted regarding a rescheduled date for a 2020 Gala in your local area, and your refund/donation wishes regarding your recent ticket purchase(s).

National Intake

If you are seeking treatment at a Teen Challenge Canada Centre, to protect the health and safety of our current students and staff, all admissions to a centre have been suspended until further notice.

However, in the meantime if you are seeking help for yourself or a family member, applications will still be accepted online, https://www.teenchallenge.ca/get-help and initial steps of paperwork may be completed.

Please note that although applications are being accepted, no finalized application decisions will be made until the suspension period has been lifted.

No Guest Visits to our Centres

To ensure the health and safety of our current students, no in-person outside (of the centre) contact will be permitted.

  • Family visits and visit days are cancelled until further notice
  • No visitors will be permitted at the Centres
  • No passes will be issued to students during this period
Student Leave-of-Absence
  • Decisions to determine granting a pass will be made in the best interests of the student and will be determined by the Centre Director and Addiction Counsellor.
  • Any approved leave of absence will be at least for 15 days but not more than 30 days.

Currently all offsite graduations will be cancelled. Small Graduations ceremonies will be held at the Centre, but no visitors will be permitted. Due to the privacy considerations for other students, live streaming is not permitted.


Only volunteers who fulfill critical roles, as decided by the Centre Director, will be permitted at the Centres.

Student Participation/Work Therapy

Student involvement at off-site work therapy opportunities (such as the Teen Challenge Thrift Store) will be determined by the National Program Director and the CEO.

Professional Appointments

All professional appointments (including medical, dental, legal etc.) for students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Only those that are legally required or deemed an emergency, will be kept in person. Other appointments may be postponed or alternative arrangements including video calls may be made.

Ontario Men's Centre (London, ON) - Temporary Closure

In consultation with local health authorities, as a Health and Safety COVID-19 precautionary measure, the difficult decision was made to temporarily close the Ontario Men's Centre's (London, ON) operations on March 20th and will continue to remain closed for Program, until further notice, pending COVID-19 oversight by Government and Public Health Authorities. It is our deepest desire to re-open as soon as possible to offer our Program, when it is deemed safe for all students and staff.

If you attempting to get in contact with Ontario Men's Centre staff regarding Centre operations and/or student information, please email inquiry@teenchallenge.ca.

Other Teen Challenge Canada Centres - Open With Restrictions

All of our other Teen Challenge Canada Centres (Aberta Men's Centre - Priddis, AB, Prairie Hope Women's Centre - Hague, SK, Saskatchewan Men's Centre - Allan, SK, Ontario North Men's Centre - Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Ontario Women's Centre, Aurora, ON, Atlantic Men's Centre - Memramcook, NB, and Atlantic Hope Women's Centre - St. John's, NL), remain open, at this time. Please click here for information regarding our reduced program status for all of our open Centres.

Please pray with us for the safety and health of all of our students and staff across Canada, and the wisdom needed for our ministry, as we navigate this difficult and unprecedented time.

Please check back to this website, as any changes in program approach or requirements will be reflected here immediately.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Teen Challenge Canada Centres are currently not able to accept hand delivered gifts or have visitors. However, we are encouraging our Sponsors (where possible), to write encouraging notes to their Sponsored Student(s), to let them know that they are being prayed for, as they to struggle with these unprecedented times, along with their daily struggles to find sobriety.

If you would like to write an encouraging note, please visit https://www.teenchallenge.ca/student-encouragement and we will see that your student receives it.

At especially this time, the incredible ongoing support we receive from our Sponsors and supporters is more important than ever, as we serve those in our care who are looking for freedom from addiction. Continuing the program is how students preserve the physical, mental and emotional gains our students have already made and keeps them moving towards permanent sobriety.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

For more COVID-19 information around awareness and prevention measures, go to https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources.html.

Please know that Teen Challenge Canada takes the safety of our students, their families, our guests and our staff very seriously. Please continue to pray with us, as we seek wisdom in responding to the changing circumstances and for the health, safety and continuing progress of our students, their families and our staff.