Our summer celebration was held on Saturday, August 25, to recognise men and women finding freedom from the nightmare of addiction.
We host our Open Day each summer at our men’s residential recovery centre, Sunnybrae, near Fyvie, but this year’s gathering was extra special as we used the opportunity to recognise the latest graduates from our programme.
Presentations were made to men from Sunnybrae and women from our women’s recovery home, Benaiah, near Mintlaw, who have done remarkably well to fight years of addiction and create new futures for themselves and their families.
The event was open for anyone to attend and was packed with food, fun activities, music, life stories and more.
The faith-based Teen Challenge programme is made up of a balanced mix of class-based studies, counselling sessions, personal reflection, work duties and recreation.
Both Sunnybrae and Benaiah are located in rural Aberdeenshire settings, offering peaceful retreats where those suffering from substance misuse can take time out to rebuild their lives.
Gordon Cruden, Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, commented:
“Our Open Days give us the opportunity to thank our supporters for their help and assistance in our work and this year’s event was once again a real fun time for all the family.
“We were also able to recognise and celebrate men and women who have all overcame harrowing circumstances to break free from addiction.
“In the past, residents and graduates had, for example, been in jail, homeless on the streets of Aberdeen, while others were desperate and suicidal, or a prisoner in their own flat, or drunk in a homeless unit.
“Today, they are clean and free with great futures ahead of them.”