Hopelessness can take on new forms in a time of social isolation. But we’re determined for our teens to know—especially now—that they are never alone.
Support groups, prayer times, and programs are happening online. Teens and mentors are engaging face-to-face over live video. Dance contests, costume parties, and online quizzes have teens laughing and getting creative together. Community looks a little different right now. But it’s still as strong as ever!
I wanted to share this short video of some of the bright spots of connection that have emerged in just a matter of days.
In addition to mentoring and small groups, we are also launching new platforms that allow very large groups of teens to gather virtually. We know how much they depend on the sense of family they find at TreeHouse. We have promised these teens we will not leave them now—and they’re committed to not leave each other.
In the meantime, we continue to take every precaution to keep our team and teens safe. In our Program & Training Center—usually a hub of activity—we limit it to no more than 10 people at once. Our team and Partner Network meetings have moved online, and we’re seeing amazing collaboration across our 50 sites, as well as new partner sites working fast to get up-and-running.
I am so proud of this team and their adaptability. We’re prepared to serve our teens in enduring ways as circumstances continue to change over the coming weeks. We are working hard to ensure every teen knows, no matter what, they are never alone.
Will you help us in this vital work? Every day, new challenges will arise for teens in isolation. Your investment ensures TreeHouse keeps leading the way toward the solutions most needed. Please consider making a gift to keep our mission moving forward in these unprecedented days.
We give thanks for you. Together we can end hopelessness among teens.
CEO & President
TreeHouse has gone virtual and is fully up and running. As we continue to navigate the challenges and shifts caused by COVID-19, TreeHouse continues to actively engage with the teens we are here to serve. Our mission is to end hopelessness among teens – because teens are uniquely impacted by hopelessness. The teen years are defined by a search for identity, belonging, and purpose. Social distancing makes this search even more challenging and the day to day stress more pronounced. Your continued support will impact the lives of teens in our communities, now perhaps more than ever.
Our team has come up with creative, actionable plans to use video, multiple social media platforms, phone calls, texting and more to make sure we stay connected to each other and to our teens. We are here to proactively support teens through this new chapter in all our lives.
Your ongoing support is crucial at this time. Assuring our team their jobs and paychecks are secure is a critical step to financial, mental and emotional security for them, so that they in turn can provide emotional and mental support to our teens. Like you, our day-to-day costs do not stop for COVID-19. Therefore, I am asking those of you that are able, to give to remember us in your giving through this season and beyond.
If you don’t use online giving, you can mail your financial support to the TreeHouse Program & Training Center at 5755 Wayzata Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55416. As we practice social distancing which includes remote work for so many of us, we are still processing mail and have essential personnel in the office during reduced office hours. (Phones will continue to be answered during our regular hours.) To set up regular giving from your bank account, call Accounting at 952.238.1010. To give today by credit card anytime, click the Give button or visit TreeHouseHope.org.
Together we can end hopelessness among teens.
In this together,
CEO & President
In this time of uncertainty and social distancing, we continue to work tirelessly to end hopelessness among teens. Being acutely aware of the stress this is creating in all our lives and the many ways COVID-19 can impact teens, we are doubling down on our efforts to serve them. If or when we make the difficult decision to provide both mentoring and programming fully remotely, we are prepared for and anticipating the need to be in more frequent communication with our teens via FaceTime, Google Hangouts, old-fashioned phone calls, email, and texting. The safety of our teens, volunteers, and staff is our primary concern.
Currently, our staff and volunteers are stepping up their efforts to communicate one-to-one with our teens to keep everyone safe but also to remind us all of the TreeHouse Truths:
Together, we can end hopelessness among teens!
Thank you for your prayers and your support.
CEO & President
We invite you to stay updated on what we are doing to engage, serve, and connect with teens and remind them now more than ever, they are Never Alone.