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March 2021 Update
We are excited to share that the expansion is well under way!
'The Ranch House' (the main building where all the program happens, like the chapel, kitchen, dining hall, intake, gym, classrooms, computer lab, library, admin offices, etc.) is 99% complete. The power was hooked up last week, the IT Team was also just here to install our network and the water is scheduled to be hooked up in the next few weeks – at which time we can then apply for our occupancy permit. Notwithstanding any setbacks, and all going well, we could be ready to move the program portion of our Centre over to the Ranch House by mid to late April.

The second building 'The Bunk House' (where the 30 men will reside) is well under way. The interior is coming right along. The insulation, framing, drywall and taping is all complete and hoping to start painting next week. If all goes well, the interior of this building should be done by mid-May, and at which time we can then apply for our occupancy permit for this second building. Notwithstanding any setbacks, we are hoping to take occupancy by mid-June to late June.

We are then hoping to have all the site prep items done this summer, starting once the ground thaws. This would include cement pads to join the 2 buildings, driveway, sidewalks, walk in freezer, berms, landscaping, etc. Again, notwithstanding any setbacks, it would be our plan to have all the above completed before Fall of 2021.

“My life was chaotic. I was living in paranoia, sleeping with guns and knives,” says Matt, a Teen Challenge student whose addiction escalated from alcohol to crack cocaine and crystal meth.

Matt’s story is sadly all too common in Alberta and throughout Canada. Addiction ravages lives, rips apart families and tears at the very fabric of communities.

The mission of Teen Challenge Canada is to help men and women overcome substance addiction to lead full and productive lives.

Teen Challenge operates 12-month in residence alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation programs with centres located in Alberta, Atlantic Canada, Saskatchewan and Ontario. We offer help and hope to those struggling with alcoholism and/or addiction to other drugs through a proven faith-based program. Addicts, alcoholics, their family and friends, begin their restoration at Teen Challenge.

Teen Challenge has been operating the Alberta Men’s Centre in Priddis (southwest of Calgary) for almost 30 years. This 12-bed centre continually operates at capacity and the need keeps growing.

To help ease the congestion, Teen Challenge since 2012, has been working with its neighbours and the Foothills MD, seeking regulatory approval for an expansion of the Alberta Men’s Centre from 12 to 24 beds.

When completed, the Centre will include comfortable residential living space for 24 students and 6 graduates, counseling and classroom spaces, recreational and gym space, a commercial kitchen with dining hall, and an inspiring chapel with a view of the beautiful Alberta landscape.

"I still have lots of growing to do, but the Teen Challenge program has given me a foundation," says Matt. He adds, "All my relationships are back and more."

Teen Challenge is expanding in Alberta so that we can help many more men like Matt find hope and freedom from addiction.

View Construction & Budget Details – Revised January 2020

Plans For The New Alberta Men's Centre

Expanding From 12 to 24 Beds

New Alberta Men's Centre

New Alberta Men's Centre

  • Approximately 20-24 student bed centre is an ideal size – financially efficient, and providing a variety of relationships and options for programming group activity.
  • Teen Challenge Canada addresses the whole person, so we incorporate space for classrooms, recreation, exercise, and work.
  • Having decent quality rooms, bathrooms and food service capacity is a way we show respect to our students, and is important to helping them complete the program.
  • We build our residences, dining rooms, classrooms, and work and recreation facilities with a view to usability, comfort and durability.

New Alberta Men's Centre

Plans For The New Alberta Men's Centre

Construction & Budget

-- Revised January 2020

Stage 1 – Development Permit Completed

  • Completed & Approved, April 2018

Stage 2 – Technical Drawings Completed

  • Drawing package completed by AODBT Architects

Stage 3 – Building Permit – MD of Foothills, Alberta Completed

Stage 4 – Pre-Construction Site Preparation Completed

Stage 5 – Foundations & Shells, Enclosed & Winterized Partially Completed

  • Funds have been raised
  • Construction Underway – foundation completed, structure being framed

Stage 6Phase 2 – Buildings Completion & Final Site Work

  • Utilities, plumbing, communications
  • Interior construction - drywall, casework, cabinets, floors, painting, kitchen, washrooms, etc.
  • Furnishings - furniture and accessories, kitchen equipment, walk-in freezer, etc.
  • Site work - wastewater, yard lighting, grading courtyard, fire suppression, etc.
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  • Funds required, approx. $1,100,000
  • Start of work on completion of Stage 5 (funds permitting)
  • Move into new facilities in 2020

Stage 7Phase 3 – Demolition & Landscaping

  • Demolition of older buildings, removal of staff house septic system
  • Fire suppression, final grading & landscaping, sod and trees
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  • Funds required, $420,000
  • Work to begin in 2020 (funds permitting)
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For more information and to download a copy of the Teen Challenge Alberta Men’s Centre Expansion Brochure, click here