Shelterwood is a faith-based Therapeutic Boarding School for at-risk teens. We believe that every teen was created by God and has great value and purpose. We use a multi-disciplinary approach to help teens understand their value and purpose.
The word “Shelterwood” describes a forestry technique in which older, stronger trees shelter and protect younger trees on the forest floor until they stand, grow and thrive on their own. In the same way, Shelterwood offers struggling teens a safe, loving place to heal and flourish.
Our story begins in 1980, when our founder, Richard Beach, was mentoring college students in life, leadership and the teachings of Jesus through a ministry called Doulos. One of his board members had a teen daughter that was struggling, and he asked Richard if his daughter could come live together with these young adults. Richard agreed. Through the mentoring and encouragement from the young adults at Doulos and through some additional professional therapy, her life was transformed. Seeing his family restored, this father encouraged Richard to reach out to other families and continue providing a faith-based boarding school for struggling teens. This laid the foundation for Shelterwood.
Beginning with the success of that first family, and a strong conviction in the value and potential of every teen, we have developed multi-disciplinary approach to our highly successful relationship-based model of care. Today, more than 30 years later, Shelterwood has helped thousands of families. Exceptional academics and professional therapy, combined with mentoring and strong relationships, has resulted in a holistic, balanced boarding school environment for struggling teens to heal and grow. Our faith informs and motivates us, so when teens come to Shelterwood, they learn that they are important, valued, created with a purpose and a destiny, and deeply loved by the God that created them.
Find out more about Shelterwood Academy and what sets us apart from other boarding schools, treatment centers, military schools, boot camps, wilderness programs and even other Christian boarding schools. Get in touch with us today to get your teen help, healing and transformation.