History & Mission

Our Story Began in 1980


To provide hope, healing and restoration for struggling teens and families.


To reach the hearts of hurting teens and share the transformational love of Jesus.


Be kind. Be honest.
Be willing.

Our founder, Richard Beach, was mentoring college students in life, leadership, and the teachings of Jesus through a ministry he started called Doulos Ministries (Doulos, meaning bond servant). One of his board members had a teen daughter who was struggling. Desperate for help, he asked Richard if she could come live alongside these young adults and learn from their experiences. Richard agreed. Through the mentoring, encouragement and counseling she received, his daughter’s life was transformed. Seeing his family restored, this father encouraged Richard to reach out to other families to provide help for hurting teens. These conversations laid the foundation for Shelterwood – a faith-based therapeutic boarding school for teenagers facing life’s challenges.

Today, Shelterwood has helped hundreds of families find a path to wholeness and hope in a community that inspires a deeper connection with God. Exceptional academics and professional therapy, combined with mentoring and strong relationships, has resulted in a holistic, balanced residential treatment environment for struggling teens to heal and grow. We continue to live out Richard’s legacy – to show each kid and family who comes to Shelterwood Academy the unconditional love of Jesus and the potential that lies within.

Rich Beach.