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Our story begins in 1980...

…when our founder, Richard Beach, was mentoring college students in life, leadership and the teachings of Jesus through a ministry called Doulos. One of his board members had a teen daughter who was struggling. Desperate for help for his daughter, he asked Richard if she could come live with these young adults. Richard agreed. Through the mentoring and encouragement from the young adults at Doulos and some additional professional therapy, her life was transformed. Seeing his family restored, this father encouraged Richard to reach out to other families to continue provide help for teens through intentional mentoring relationships. These conversations laid the foundation for Shelterwood – a faith-based treatment center and boarding school for struggling teens.

Rich Beach.

Beginning with the success of that first family...

…and a strong conviction in the value and potential of every teen, we have developed multi-disciplinary approach rooted in a relational model. Today,  Shelterwood has helped thousands of families. 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 the unconditional love of Jesus.

Watch Our CEO's Story About Richard Beach

President and CEO, Jim Marvine, shares his rich history with Shelterwood and our founder Richard Beach.