Who We Are

Shelterwood: A Legacy of Loving Jesus & Serving Families

Shelterwood Academy is a Christ-centered therapy boarding school and youth residential treatment facility for teens struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges.

At Shelterwood, we know the problems teens face and how the rise of modern technology has compounded these issues. We’re also acutely aware of the painful cycles of fear and frustration that families face as they try to support their teens. The weight and seriousness of the problems can be too much to carry alone.

For over 40 years, Shelterwood’s youth residential treatment facility has helped change lives by walking alongside teens and their families on the path to hope and healing. Tucked away on 220 wooded acres near Kansas City, Shelterwood Academy is a safe, residential community dedicated to helping teens learn and grow in a caring environment and experience the transformational love of Jesus.

The term “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, in our relational model, teens at our youth residential treatment facility are surrounded by a community, including mentors, therapists and teachers who provide a safe place for them to heal, grow and flourish.