Thunder Bay Ribbon Cutting

Open House & Ribbon Cutting | 401 Syndicate Avenue South

Sunday, October 6th, 2-6pm (program 2:30-3:30)

Ben’s life was spiraling out of control. After experimenting with various drugs including ecstasy, cocaine, crack and prescription medication, he was introduced to the drug that brought him to rock bottom: crystal meth. Teen Challenge Thunder Bay offered him the help that he so desperately needed.

Ben is currently in the second phase of the yearlong drug treatment program, part of a network of more than 1200 centres around the world, including the new 14-bed Teen Challenge men’s centre at 401 Syndicate Ave. South. 

Teen Challenge has been serving the Thunder Bay community through its recovery program and local outreaches since 2004. The need for a larger facility was recognized earlier this year after the student intern residence they were leasing on Simpson Street was sold. A major fundraising campaign was launched with a generous matching funds grant from NDL Construction and the Buller Foundation. Local director, and Teen Challenge graduate Robby Ahuja, shares that the support from the local community was tremendous, “We knew it was a large project, and we were so encouraged with the number of people who rallied with us to make this new home a reality.”

Teen Challenge students not only live at the Syndicate Ave building, but the new home also acts as the daily hub of activity for the program. Academic classes, mentoring sessions, Bible studies, and on-site work projects all take place here. Additionally, with the extra space the new building provides, the organization has been able to move their administration office to the same location.

Teen Challenge was the lifeline that Ben was looking for when he was caught up in drugs and despair.  Today he is passionate about sharing about the destruction drug and alcohol addiction can cause, crediting his transformation to a relationship with God. Ben says that his “attitude and outlook have changed 100%!”

Sunday afternoon will consist of tours, cake & refreshments and is open to the public from 2-6pm. The ribbon cutting ceremony runs from 2:30-3:30pm, where attendees will hear Ben’s story firsthand and a special message from mayor Keith Hobbs.

If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview, call Robby Ahuja at 252-6909 or email