Teen Challenge gets facelift

Sharron Alleyne-Elcock of United Insurance (right) and Valdene Sandiford (centre) and Ricardo Bynoe, staffers of Harris Paints, were among the sponsors who assisted members of the J-24 Club in painting the rooms at Teen Challenge Barbados.

Teen Challenge Barbados got a valuable helping hand over the weekend when members of the local yachting community assisted the St. Philip-based project as part of their 2012 charity programme. Members of the J-24 Club, with assistance from sponsors Harris Paints and others, painted and refreshed a number of rooms at the former Mapps College where Teen Challenge conducts rehabilitation programmes for young adults with substance abuse problems. Director of Teen Challenge Barbados, Wayne Gibbons, praised the J-24 Club for its assistance and revealed that the repainting was timely as the programme was currently suspended because of renovations at the facility.

Gibbons thanked club members, the paints company, First Citizens Investment Services and United Insurance for taking an interest in the work of Teen Challenge and further said that the new-look rooms would be a new source of inspiration for residents and facilitators.

Teen Challenge, which started in 1995, is a residential rehabilitation programme for substance abusers and 30 persons can be accommodated at the facility. Residents benefit from counselling, education about drugs, character-building exercises and the teaching of vocational skills. The highly commended Teen Challenge initiative was the third of three major charity programmes undertaken by the J-24 Club this year as part of their 2012 Race For Charity series. President Greg Webster said the organisation was committed to assisting the less fortunate in the country. “Assisting the community is part of our mandate and apart from Teen Challenge, we also sponsored meals and took part in the feeding programme and provided office equipment for the homeless and vagrants society… Our projects also included donating blood and specialised couches to the blood bank of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital,” said Webster.

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