Reviews

Since 1980, Shelterwood has helped restore thousands of families. Hear reviews from our students, alumni and families. Check out more stories of change or call 866-585-8939 and ask for a list of former families that you can visit with.

From Our Alumni

“Shelterwood greatly impacted my life! I came to Shelterwood because of a suicide attempt, a pill addiction, and self-harm. Right before being admitted, I had been in and out of the psych hospital a few times and was a complete mess. Being at Shelterwood definitely is not easy but it challenged me in many different areas. It was all about taking risks, stepping out of my comfort zone, and being put in awkward and vulnerable situations. I couldn’t tell you the number of times I tried to fire my counselor, but in reality, that’s just a sign that she was doing her job really well. I finally graduated and moved on with life. Although there has still been struggle, Shelterwood gave me the tools I needed to learn to reach out to others, to not be afraid to ask for help, to cope in more positive ways than what I was doing pre Shelterwood, and so much more. I will never forget my time at Shelterwood. It gave me many memories I’ll cherish forever. Shelterwood saved my life.”

“When I arrived here, I thought that I was ‘all I had,’ and I was ‘all I needed.’ I couldn’t have been more wrong. I learned so many things here. I gained a relationship with Jesus here. I learned that love conquers all things. I learned that when you begin to love yourself, everything changes. And when you really begin to love who God created you to be, that is when you can begin to love others. I love the brotherly community that this place creates. People here really care about you, and help you to discover how much God cares about you.”

“If I would not have attended Shelterwood I would not be the man I am today. I reflect back on my experiences there and just smile. I believed then that my parents were taking away everything. They themselves were uncertain if what they were doing was too much. Looking back, they did not take . . . they gave me everything.”

“So grateful for you and that there is a place where families can get the help they need. Because of the help that I received at Shelterwood, I am so much closer to my parents and my brother. We are a family again.”

“I will never forget the hardships and great times that I spent at Shelterwood. It really helped me turn my life in the right direction. It surrounded me with great people and great counseling. Thanks, Shelterwood.”

“I remember the Big Brothers and Sisters [mentors] playing a big part in my growth. They did not judge me. They encouraged me and walked beside me. I looked up to them. I wanted what they had. I wanted God in my life.”

From Parents

“Shelterwood was a truly positive experience, from the moment I spoke with registration on the phone (clearly upset that I was actually calling a therapeutic boarding school thousands of miles away) . . . to the help I received in getting her there . . . to the months of counseling and witnessing my daughter changing. I started seeing the real person my daughter was.”

“Shelterwood was a miracle for our family. After months of research, I knew that Shelterwood was where we wanted our son to be. We have seen so many changes in our son. However, the most significant change is his passion for Jesus. It is incredible.  Even though we have been to church as a family for years, I can honestly say, that only recently I witnessed my son really worship for the first time. We have Shelterwood to thank for this, and there is nothing more meaningful to a believing mom and dad to see this in their son. We brought our son to Shelterwood as a scared, confused boy. We are bringing him home as a confident and mature young man.”

“Our son has learned so much at Shelterwood. We are no longer seeing a sullen, silent child, but a young man with tools he can and does draw on to communicate with us. We see smiles and laughter and him planning for his future as opposed to the son who would stay in his room, refuse to eat dinner with us and never let us know what was going on in his world. We are seeing a young man who is maturing and using wisdom in his decision making process.”

“The progress our son has made is unbelievable. His self-confidence and his faith have grown so much. When he arrived at Shelterwood, he saw no hope for his future, he felt worthless and he hated himself. He was in the depths of depression. He has thanked us for sending him to Shelterwood and has said that it saved his life.”

“I loved the mentors and how they sacrificed a year of their lives to put our daughter first. Our counselor was educated in what our daughter was struggling with and knew exactly how to talk to us. The physical location and site was beautiful and clean. The teaching and school staff was awesome and helped my daughter finish high school and assisted her in submitting college applications before she came home. I was given weekly and monthly reports on my daughter’s progress regarding therapy and school. There was always someone there I could talk to,-no matter the time of day or night. I have made life friends as well as my daughter. As hard as the journey was at times, I am forever grateful in the help and love we got from Shelterwood.”

“As far as I am concerned, you literally saved Ryan’s life. He is doing wonderfully. He is happy, confident, and taking charge of his life. Overall, he has experienced remarkable growth in the last year and a half that I attribute to the people at Shelterwood. I will never be able to thank you enough for all that you have done. ”

“The program exceeded our expectations by quite a bit, and the effect on my wife and me may have been as great as the effect on our son.”

“Shortly before my daughter left our home for Shelterwood, she and our whole family were a mess. We didn’t know how to help her. I remember during that time asking anybody who would listen to pray for her. I was so desperate and hopeless . . . but she is growing and healing at Shelterwood. For the first time in a long time, we have been able to have a real relationship with her.

“. . . Too many ministries or churches get sidetracked by egos. It shows up in a lot of different ways — pride, power struggles, self-righteousness or self-aggrandizement, dogmatism, etc. With Shelterwood, I just don’t see it. Everyone seems to have embraced a real servant’s attitude, and it has the most powerful effect on those of us that experience it first hand . . . You must have an awesome board of directors.”

From other family

“My niece and favorite young person attended Shelterwood and the positive transformation was incredible. I firmly believe that her time with you and your staff saved not only her, but the family. I was heartbroken to hear of the problems the family was going through and prayed an answer would be given them to stay strong and together, I feel that the answer came from Shelterwood. I am happy to say the family is stronger and closer and happier than ever before.”

From leaders in youth development

“I’ve been associated with Shelterwood since its inception and think it’s one of the finest facilities for troubled teens available.” – Joe White, President, Kanakuk Kamps

“I have seen their ministry work miracles in the lives of young people.” – Shay Robbins, K1 Director, Kanakuk Kamps.

ECFA CMYK ET2 Small ReviewsFrom leaders in youth development

“I’ve been associated with Shelterwood since its inception and think it’s one of the finest facilities for troubled teens available.” – Joe White, President, Kanakuk Kamps

“I have seen their ministry work miracles in the lives of young people.” – Shay Robbins, K2 Director, Kanakuk Kamps