Leaders from the local Jewish community were on hand for the official grand opening of Lifeline, a Chabad-Lubavitch run program formerly known as Project Pride, at the onetime residence of Samuel Cohen, the first executive director of Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital.

Begun in 1989, Lifeline is a non-sectarian organization that helps those recovering from substance abuse, and provides for individuals and families affected by addiction.

Hosted by retired businessman Eddie and Heleena Wiltzer, the last week’s event featured two testimonials from recovering addicts about how the program saved their lives, and a tribute longtime supporter Stephen Vineberg, who recently passed away.