Meet Shelly Moss

Shelly Moss, Director of Admissions at Shelterwood Residential Treatment Agency, loves giving families hope. Get to know Shelly.

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What Shelly loves most about Shelterwood: “I love that children come to us broken, and at Shelterwood, they realize their true worth,” Shelly says. “Families are healed and transformed here.”

Forever an Aggie: Shelly earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Texas A&M University, then went on to earn her J.D. at the Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. While in Birmingham, she lived next door to another A&M alum. Rodney invited her to Aggie Muster, a special Texas A&M tradition — “and the rest is history!” Shelly smiles. She and Rodney have been married for 25 years.

Family: Rodney and Shelly have four children, and all are proud Aggies. Their son was even the Mascot Corporal, responsible for the A&M mascot Reveille, and Miss Reveille ma’am would visit the Moss home over Ian’s school breaks. Rodney and Shelly have three dogs of their own as well: Blues, Buster and Tilly.

Her Shelterwood connection: It was because of her family that Shelly initially found Shelterwood. “Our daughter had struggled from the time she was in junior high, and we’d tried everything on our own to get her the help she needed,” Shelly recalls. When her Montessori high school closed down, and she had few local options left, Shelly and Rodney began researching therapeutic boarding schools through their connection to Kanakuk Kamps. “Knowing Joe White’s connection to Shelterwood gave me lots of peace.” Her daughter’s experience was transformational. Today, Shelly’s daughter is studying education at A&M, and Shelly is the Shelterwood Director of Admissions.

Her favorite part about being the Director of Admissions: “I love giving families hope,” Shelly says. “At Shelterwood, we can get to the bottom of the strongholds that are causing pain and help families reach a place of peace.”

A love for families: In part because of Shelly’s heart for families, the Aggie couple were recently awarded the 2017 Texas A&M Parents of the Year award. Rodney and Shelly’s platform is one of faith and family. “Difficult times can become learning experiences when families love each other and trust each other. We believe that through open communication, caring for your spouse and family and doing things God’s way through love and encouragement, you can get through any crisis.”

The most unique thing happening at Shelterwood: “I believe the Brain Balance program that families choose to participate in is a real game-changer,” Shelly says. “The students who need the program gain a whole new level of self-awareness, and Brain Balance helps them educationally and therapeutically. It makes a real different during their time at Shelterwood.”

Best part of her job at Shelterwood: “Shelterwood offers teens the tools they need to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives,” she says. “I love being a part of a team that offers hope to families that are struggling.”

Reflections on Haiti

Shelterwood Mentors dedicate a year of their life to serving our teens as they journey towards restoration. These young adult men and women disciple our students — but it’s a journey for the Mentors as well. While Mentors help develop teens, they are growing in their own spiritual walk. Mentor and Assistant House Director Stephen Green shares his reflection on how God changed his heart during the Shelterwood mission trip to an orphanage in Haiti.

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“As I got on the plane and began the final flight to Haiti, I felt my emotions begin to rise up into my nasal cavity and over take my face like a fever. I played music to distract myself but it only aided in turning the knobs that unlocked the waterworks. I felt the Spirit move in with His scalpel and all I could do was sit and let Him cut me open as I began my ascent to 30,000 ft. Despite my resistance, God had called me to go to Haiti and in my reluctant obedience He was able to put me right where He wanted me. Haiti was His seven-day project on my heart and He wasn’t going to waste a minute of it.

That night, I chatted with various members of my team, including the students that we brought along with us. I still felt the heaviness of the Spirit doing his work on me, and it was anything but pleasant. I was approached by a beloved friend, Kyle, who expressed the desire to speak later concerning what was going on with me. Little did I know that he would be the instrument by which God would begin to really remove the junk out of my heart and then also be the stitches that closed my open wound.

Looking back, I can only say that the moment was one of providence. I had been set up through circumstances and various different elements of my life leading up to that conversation. My journey to that moment could not be limited to the afternoon flight and orphan visit. No, it had been in progress over the course of many months. Everything was somehow connected. The healing I sought was not what I thought I wanted, but was more than I could have asked for. It was irony. It was inconvenient. It was Haiti. It was friendship. Lastly, it was unbridled and courageous confession.

With each orphanage we visited, I found the Spirit drawing me out and doing something in me. On the second day we went to a town called Hinch where I met this beautiful little boy named Miguel. He stayed with me the entire time and, unlike several others, didn’t care that I had nothing to offer. He wanted to be loved and he wanted to show love. We met each other exactly where we needed. We gave each other time and we spent our time being grateful that we had someone else that existed to spend time together.

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In Les Miserables there is a line stated multiple times that “to love another person is see the face of God.” The next day I met Brianna. That precious girl that I had the privilege of pushing on the swing went out of her way to find me and be with me. In a time when I felt unloved and unlovable, God sent me two beautiful, innocent little kids for me to love and love me in return. In the midst of my darkness, God brought me a little light.

I want to love well. That is my heart’s desire! I am, however, tainted by sin and by suffering and lack what is needed to truly love well. Haiti broke into a part of me that had been walled up. Even though I still suffer and I still struggle with all of my insecurity, I long to love others and to bring them to a place of healing and show them there is more to life than sitting in their pain and suffering. There is life that lies beyond their circumstances. There is healing.”

Show your gratitude during Shelterwood’s Week of Thanks

At Shelterwood, everything we do is focused on real hope, real heart change and real restoration for families. Every day, new stories of transformation are written on our campus. Our families and graduates continue to tell us why they are so thankful for the impact of Shelterwood — and now, you are invited to share why YOU are thankful.

April 20 – 28, 2017, is our second Shelterwood Week of Thanks. Please join us in sharing why YOU give thanks for Shelterwood. It is easy to show your gratitude — and to help spread the word about the real hope and real restoration that teens and families find at Shelterwood.

How to participate:

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Download the Shelterwood Week of Thanks page here. In need of inspiration? Explore how just a few of our staff, students, graduates and families expressed their gratitude during our first Shelterwood Week of Thanks.

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When you share your own gratitude, other families see the real transformation that can happen at Shelterwood. Please join us in our Week of Thanks and share the impact Shelterwood has made for you. Post your picture to the Shelterwood Facebook page, April 20 – 28.