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Join Our Trailblazer Monthly Giving Program

When you join the Shelterwood Trailblazer monthly giving program, you become part of a loyal donor community who have personally experienced the transformational healing we provide hurting teens and their families, and are dedicated to blazing the path of hope for future families.

With a monthly commitment of $25 or more, you will receive a free Shelterwood Trailblazer t-shirt.  You’ll also receive frequent updates on the continual stories of transformational change we witness daily on our campus. Plus you’ll join a special community dedicated to continuing our legacy of transforming young lives and restoring families for generations to come.

Help Fund the Doulos Leadership Institute

Your gift to the Doulos Leadership Institute will help fund the next generation of faith leaders in mental health, social work, secondary education, ministry and nonprofit leadership. DLI helps young men and women GROW in their relationship with God in Biblical community, TRAIN in vocational and life skills, and PARTICIPATE in relational ministry with struggling teens.

DLI mentors play a critical role in our mission to transform young teen lives and restore families. Thank you for your support!

Richard Beach Memorial Scholarship Fund

Richard founded Shelterwood in 1980 and invested all of his energy into developing young adult leaders and caring for teens and families. Richard had a special way about him, always eager to connect and care for others and willing to talk to anybody. He was known for his love of life, people and his Savior. His conversations were always filled with humor and compassion, and he never hesitated to share his faith in Jesus with others.

Richard always saw the best in people, and he has had a lasting impact on many people around the country. He was an especially generous supporter of single moms and their families, veterans and those in ministry. He had a real heart for these parents in need. Richard lost his battle with cancer in 2010, and this fund was established in his memory to assist struggling families with the costs of residential treatment for their sons or daughters.

Teens arrive at Shelterwood when they are at their lowest, and we are committed to bringing heart change to these teenagers and restoration to their families. Help us make hope possible for families in need. Your generosity will help make the transformation of a lifetime possible for single moms and other families by helping us bridge the gap in our funding!

Designate Your Gift to Our Needs and Wish List

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has presented our organization with several challenges, most notably a need to rely almost completely on our on-campus activities to aid our teens in achieving real hope, real heart change and real restoration.

We identified this list of ministry wishes and needs to assist us in becoming more self-reliant in our ongoing quest to deliver the optimal daily experience for our teens.

Your designated financial gift will help us meet specific operational needs and capital improvements to fulfill our mission of transforming more young lives and restoring more families!

Support the Shelterwood General Fund

Our unparalleled model combines the best in clinical therapy with strong academics and Christ-like love for our teens. At Shelterwood, our desire is to create an environment where teens know they are loved, valued and have purpose.

Your gift will help with our general operational needs and capital improvements. When their teen is struggling, all parents want is real restoration. All they want is their child back. When you contribute to Shelterwood, you help renew families and rebuild teens. Your generosity makes this transformation of a lifetime possible.

Non-Cash Giving

The average American’s net worth is comprised of 10% cash and 90% non-cash assets. But most people donate only through their cash assets — the smallest part of their total net worth. Shelterwood would like you to consider making an impact through the non-cash assets with which God has blessed you. Donating non-cash assets, either full or partial interests, usually provides you with a greater tax deduction than if you sell the assets first and then donate the proceeds. Shelterwood has partnered with The Signatry, a recognized leader in receiving, managing and liquidating non-cash donations such as gifts of stock, real estate, business interests and personal property. The Signatry handles the administrative burden of selling or managing donated assets for you and enable you to receive the full tax benefits for your gifts and avoid capital gains tax. An instruction form for giving stock or mutual funds is located here.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Fred Timberlake:, or (816)249-5352.

ECFA Accredited.

Give with Confidence

Shelterwood Academy is accredited by the  Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). The ECFA is a national financial accountability organization. ECFA accreditation is based on financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising. “We are pleased to accredit a ministry committed to hope, heart change, and restoration for struggling families,” said Dan Busby, president of ECFA.