Our son attended Shelterwood from September 2013 through June 2014. Shelterwood is unique in their approach to helping families emerge from teenage struggles with a bright new outlook on life, relationships and the future. They offer the opportunity for your teen to participate in counseling while at the same time not disrupting their academic progress through offering a fully accredited, small class size learning environment. Shelterwood truly saved his life and our family. A critical part of the experience at Shelterwood for our son was the leadership and support structure in place. All of these individuals are committed to helping young adults through the crisis they are experiencing. The CEO, Jim Subers is a man of amazing faith and commitment. He provides hands on leadership, imparting his love and support to all the students. He and his family actually live on-site; an unbelievable commitment to his mission. Rujon Morrison is the Program Director and is constantly focused on programs, activities and facilities improvements in addition to providing faith based leadership to the Shelterwood team. The staff members are too numerous to mention individually, but everyone from the Principal to the Maintenance Director are all personally involved in supporting the students. Disappointed that we have to call this out, but we have not received any financial remuneration for these comments. We do however, support the idea of scholarships that may help more families take advantage of what Shelterwood has to offer. We would like to use this opportunity to make a tangible commitment - we will send $1,000 to Shelterwood (which will be matched 2:1 by my employer) to start a "Shelterwood Challenge" scholarship. We would like to challenge other families who have had a positive experience to write about it on these social media sites and, if financially able, to respond to the "Shelterwood Challenge" by making a financial commitment to help at least one additional teen to take advantage of Shelterwood this year.
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We are so thankful Shelterwood was there to help us in our role as parents. It was unspeakably difficult to admit we needed help to train our son in a Godly way, but Shelterwood was gracious and understanding at every step. They provided an experience for him that we could never have duplicated at home and taught him things he would never have accepted from us. Going away for a while gave us all a break from the tension and pain. Shelterwood gave us solid teaching so we could step back and think constructively about our relationship while we healed. We are stronger now as a family than we have ever been before.
It is amazing how God works! When we found ourselves needing a place for our daughter to receive some therapy, we looked into several places, but were most impressed with Shelterwood! After some time and prayer we enrolled her in their therapy program, and now after having seen the results we have no regrets! Her relationship with Christ and with us has improved dramatically and the reasons she went to Shelterwood are quickly being resolved! Thanks to everyone who helped us on this journey, and thanks to shelterwood for their kindness and devotion!
Shelterwood just keeps getting better. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their program and their campus and staff are tops. This is one program for troubled teens that doesn't get enough attention on a national scale. They should be in every state! I applaud their efforts and the excellence that they personify in everything they do. You can trust your teen to this program. They could easily charge twice as much as they do now, compared to what other similar programs charge and for far less services than Shelterwood offers.
Our son had reached a crisis in his life when we enrolled him in Shelterwood. The compassionate, professional counselors helped him deal with the immediate need, but more than that, they helped him straighten out his thinking so a crisis like this would not come again. Being surrounded by other young men going through similar transformations encouraged him greatly. The whole environment at Shelterwood surrounded him with love and solid Biblical teaching, and he is much the better for it.
After four years of attempted counseling, my teenage son finally opened up to Marla Bleuins on the first visit. My son and I are close but I had no idea that he was going through so much. She asked all the right questions that opened a door for both of us. We have a lot to work on but I am grateful to know that these issues will be addressed so he can be whole. Thank you so much.
Since she went to Shelterwood, I see so many positive changes in my daughter. She seems to know who she is and where she belongs in our family. When she disagrees with me or her mother, she can stand up and speak respectfully about it with us. She is now a young woman of integrity, not an angry fireball, and she cares for other people like she never has before.
We tried everything before we came to Shelterwood. Parenting books, youth group, counseling, homeschooling: they helped, but none of them solved the problems. Shelterwood was different. Being immersed in the environment there finally got his attention. I only wish we had discovered Shelterwood sooner
Shelterwood, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for our family. You are a place of healing, of hope, of new beginnings.