Operated under the Montreal Youth Unlimited umbrella, Station 7 is a non-profit organization that has been open for 20 years. The center offers a fun and safe place for teenagers to gather. It provides dinner and discussion groups, an art program and one-on-one counseling.
The facility also offers a pregnancy care center, which provides support, clothing and baby items for single moms and struggling young families.
Collaborating with Corrections Canada and Benado, a local social service agency, Station 7 also houses a woodworking shop and boutique where people can do community service hours instead of going to jail.
Teddy Hoare, co-director of Châteauguay Youth Unlimited, says that staff at the center are there to listen, to model a healthy lifestyle without judgment and to provide hope.
"Over the past 20 years we have seen hundreds of young people come through our doors. Each one is unique and valued, each has their own story. We earn a place in their lives, walk alongside them, and watch them grow and change."