What We Do

Benaiah

Soon after the successful opening of Sunnybrae, the Teen Challenge North East Scotland team embarked on a mission to establish a women’s residential centre in the area.

The need for a similar local service for women became apparent through our outreach services and contacts throughout the region.

After a significant search for a suitable property, Benaiah, just outside Mintlaw, was found to be ideal and the five bedroom house – located in a stunning, rural setting – opened as a Teen Challenge centre in August 2009.

Benaiah, which means ‘God has built’, has gone on to help rescue many young women from the horror and bondage of drug addiction.

As well as class-based studies, the centre’s work programme sees residents – some of whom lack any experience in domestic chores – get involved in, for example, cooking and cleaning; painting and decorating and gardening.

The centre puts a strong emphasis on encouraging students to undertake voluntary work in the community to help equip them with useful skills and experience and to provide them with good contacts for when they come to leave.

Benaiah’s staff have also forged a close relationship with local social workers to help residents be reunited with their children at the safest and most appropriate time.

For more information on Benaiah, please contact the centre on 01771 620 100 or email benaiah@tcns.org.uk

Joyce Allan

Where from? Fraserburgh

What is your job title? Office administration

Most enjoyable part of your job? Seeing girls change their lives

Favourite scripture? And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

Describe yourself in three words? Wife, Mam, happy

How do you like to relax? Visit coffee shops

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Canada

What are your hopes for the future? To see my family happy and living for Jesus

Julie Innes

Where from? Aberdeen

What is your job title? Support Worker

Most enjoyable part of your job? Investing into the girls and seeing them grow everyday

Favourite scripture? Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Describe yourself in three words? Encouraging, enthusiastic, Christmas-lover (4 words!)

How do you like to relax? Watching films with my children (normally Disney movies), shopping and spa days

Who alive would you most like to meet? Peter Andre

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Australia (with Peter Andre)

What are your hopes for the future? To reach the lost

Grace Donn

Where from? Fraserburgh

What is your job title? Senior Support Worker

Most enjoyable part of your job? Seeing the girls change, grow in confidence and excited to live life

Favourite scripture? Psalm 121

Favourite book/author? I love reading – too many books, so little time!!

How do you like to relax? Reading and spending time with family and friends

Who alive would you most like to meet? Oprah Winfrey

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Anywhere hot

What are your hopes for the future? To go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can

Anna Buchan

Where from? Peterhead

What is your job title? Support Worker

Most enjoyable part of your job? Encouraging the girls

Favourite scripture? For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Favourite worship song? Cornerstone

Favourite book/author? Redeeming Love – Karen Kingsley

How do you like to relax? Having my Grandsons stay over

Ashley Runcie

Where from? Fraserburgh

What is your job title and what does your role at Benaiah entail? Support Worker

Most enjoyable part of your job? Seeing the girls become motivated and excited about life and making plans for their futures

Favourite scripture? I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:26-27

How do you like to relax? Pampering. Also love running and shopping.

Who alive would you most like to meet? Peter Andre

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Times Square in New York (ice-skating with Peter Andre)

What are your hopes for the future? To meet Peter Andre

Marie Alexander-Summers

Where from? Rosehearty

What is your job title and what does your role at Benaiah entail? Support Worker/Stable Manager

Most enjoyable part of your job? Getting to work alongside the girls and encourage them

Favourite scripture? Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

How do you like to relax? Horse riding

Who alive would you most like to meet? Bono

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Australia

What are your hopes for the future? To live life to the full, be a good wife and take every single opportunity God give me