Updated: Oct 5, 2021
From: Director, Tim Oversby
The adolescent years have always been a difficult stage of life. The transitions in the body, the exponential brain development, the changing social settings, the increase in academic expectations, and one of the most key times of identity formation have all contributed to difficult years for teens in the modern age. In many respects, the challenges that teens face today are not unlike those from generations past, with two major differences – SPEED & INTENSITY! With the aid of faster and more readily available social media technologies, the speed at which these challenges are hitting this generation are dramatically faster. In addition, instead of struggling through one or two major challenges in your adolescent years (e.g., depression & divorced parents, or bullying & social isolation), many of today’s teens are experiencing the intensity of several stressors all at once. Add to all of this the incredible impact of those teens who have experienced a traumatic event, neglect or abuse, and you have a recipe for self-destruction.
The CDC reports that suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death among those aged 10-24, with females from 10-13 seeing some of the highest increases in the last two years. Unattended trauma and ungrieved losses compound over time in our adolescents in a season of life where their brain development has not kept up with the speed and intensity of mental health challenges confronting them. This is just a snapshot of some of the residents and clients we serve at the House of Hope KC.
At House of Hope Kansas City, we seek to rescue stories of teens that have been hijacked by trauma and wounds and help guide them back to the purpose God has for their lives. And given these alarming suicide statistics in our teens, this is truly a rescuing work that has generational impact. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10 that “We are God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do.” That word translated from the New Testament Greek as “masterpiece” or in some translations, “workmanship” is the word, poieme. It is where we derive our English word, poem. Our team’s heartbeat is to remind our residents that they are God’s poem written to bless their world, and we want to be His instruments in reclaiming that Poem. Our real desire is to bring healing for teens and restoration to their families, which ultimately will lead to transformed communities. As Executive Director, I have the privilege of leading a phenomenally gifted and dedicated team of staff and clinicians who are called by God to reach today’s teens and their families. Our Counselors are clinically-trained and Biblically-informed as they confront the various traumas and
issues chipping away at the mental health of our teens, using the compassion of Christ and the most proven therapeutic modalities. In addition, we have a House Mentor and School Staff that is diverse in age, ethnicity, and spiritual backgrounds to be able to walk alongside our residents and their families through their healing journey. One other privilege I have as Executive Director is working with a substantial community of donors and partners who give of their time and financial resources to House of Hope KC, so we are allowed to keep our tuition costs much more affordable than most other residential programs. If you are looking for a Residential Therapeutic program for your teen daughter, or a professional counselor for your family, we would love to come alongside you to begin your healing journey and equip you to continuing that healing journey going forward!