“I never felt accepted anywhere, but when I came here, I was accepted instantly. I’m definitely coming back.”
— a teen who attends Wednesdays and has been coming back ever since
TreeHouse in West St Paul is growing and thriving, thanks to adult support, the interest of the teens, and help from volunteers. In fact, we’ve made some changes to accommodate the needs of the teens so we can better serve them.
When we started in January, we had Support Group and Going Deeper sessions both on Tuesdays with a separate youth group on Wednesdays. We realized that the teens coming on Wednesdays would benefit from what TreeHouse provides, and those coming Tuesdays would benefit from our Wednesday group, and since we were already using the same principles that TreeHouse is built on, we realized we were competing against ourselves with 2 separate groups. After talking to those attending Tuesdays, we changed the schedule to bring the groups together:
- Wed 4-5: Support Group
- Wed 5-7: Youth Group
Note that while we’re dropping the name, “Going Deeper,” Youth Group will include the lessons and fun everyone has come to expect from Going Deeper.
Support Group will still be non-religious for those looking for support without the spiritual content. We provide rides to Support Group.
Youth Group includes spiritual content in the lessons, a meal, and a game or other activity. We provide rides home from Youth Group.
Teens are welcome to attend one or both, whatever will benefit them best. We can’t guarantee rides at 5 (between sessions) because we’ll be working with the teens at that time, but if you need that, contact us, and we’ll see whether we can find drivers available at that time.
We also offer One-to-One and small group mentoring. Please contact us for more information or to get started.
TreeHouse has no cost to attendees, but we welcome donations to assist with meals and other program expenses, and most of all, we always need more volunteers: drivers, cooks, mentors, and support group leaders. We provide free training to anyone interested.
Thank-you for your interest and support in saving teens lives.