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Oct 23

Anchored By Amy Grant

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in Emotional, Music, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

WOH_AmyGrantToday TreeHouse is thrilled to welcome six time Grammy winner, Amy Grant, as our Women Of Hope keynote speaker and musical guest. (Sorry, it’s sold out)

In 1984 seventeen year old Amy Fayas and twenty-one year old Scott Volltrauer were both at an Amy Grant concert. We didn’t know one another then, and wouldn’t meet for a couple more years but our hearts were both connected to the same sweet songs of Amy Grant.

It’s been years since I was a regular listener, but Amy Grant’s songs helped anchor my young faith. Here are a few examples of lessons her songs taught me.

Jul 23

Inspire

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse

BiancaRamirezandfriendTo paraphrase a great quote: “Good people inspire themselves; great people inspire others.” 

I love that my life is filled with people like my friend Bianca. Her courage, determination and resolve inspires me to be better at what I do.

Thanks to Bianca, and all the rest of you who don’t settle and want more

You can read more about Bianca’s courage and TreeHouse’s contribution to her life here.

May 28

Who’s Paying Attention?

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

IMG_1071Who are you when no one is looking?
What do you do when no one sees?
Who’s paying attention?

Today at TreeHouse we we able to answer those questions for one of our colleagues. In an almost unanimous vote Bill Goon was awarded our annual Teamwork award.

Bill won because when no one is looking, he’s working. When no one sees what he’s doing, he’s doing what he should do.

 Throughout the year Bill makes it possible for every van-driving direct-service staff to:
– Transport teens to programming
– Provide life-transforming one-on-ones.
– Laugh their way to and from trips.
– Enjoy great activities.
– And, do so safely for more than 20 vehicles!

May 20

Life’s NOT fair. What are you going to do about it?

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

depression-20195_640Angi, in response to Legacy Measuring Stick commented, “What is your legacy measuring stick? and “What’s a next step for you to make progress?” Not a clue…”

In case you missed it, I replied:

Isaiah and his listeners had a similar concern.
That’s why God taught them:
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!

So, each of us should live present in the moment.
While we pray, listen and wait.
Give it time.
It will become more evident.

May 2

An Instrument Of Peace

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 in Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

photo(1)Last night The Tenors enjoyed time with both TreeHouse teens and TreeHouse supporters. During the time with the teens they shared some stories, took some questions, and listened to teens. They also offered two suggestions.

“Listen…compassionately to others;” it’s what helps the band to overcome the tensions that arise spending 300 days a year together on the road.

Their second piece of advice echoed their own story of rising from obscurity in Canada to become international favorites: “Find something you’re passionate about and put your heart into it (even when others doubt you).”

May 1

Aspire To Reach Higher

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

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Today is the TreeHouse Gala. It’s a celebration of TreeHouse’s 30-year legacy of Love – Hope – Transformation.

This year our Gala theme is “Aspire: It’s Time To Reach Higher.” It’s a wonderful invitation and a challenge. It’s also an indication of the legacy TreeHouse is building on.

Legacy

Here is what we have been learning about the impact of TreeHouse from Wilder Research.

Key findings for our four goals for teens:

98% of TreeHouse teens* report a decrease in at-risk behavior since coming to TreeHouse

Apr 29

More April Fools

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Education, How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

flame3We all have blind spots in our life; misguided thinking, bad decisions and the like. Often times other people can see our blind spots but we either ignore, deny, or dismiss them.

On the other hand, sometimes we look at and assess others and assume what we see are their blind spots. Sometimes it’s us who can’t see clearly when we judge the lives.

Here are three people some would calls fools that I admire for their courage.

Three “Fools” I Admire

Apr 9

Pray for Punka

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

ShannonMysilentscream is here for you most days. Today #mysilentscream is for YOU to help me.

Today my daughter leaves for the Philippines. By the time many of you read this Shannon will be half a planet away.  I’m blessed, thrilled and a little jealous of her. I’m also Shannon’s (“Punka’s”) anxious, unsettled, and already-lonely-for-her dad.

If you’re a praying person please pray for Shannon, her colleagues and her parents who were both just teary-eyed in the living room.

I’ll let Shannon explain more via her supportshannon.com website.

Hello my name is Shannon Volltrauer.

Mar 12

24 and Counting

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

24-Logo.svgI opened my phone this morning to a text: “Happy anniversary, Scott! 24 and counting…!”

I smiled.

“24″ is my favorite television show. 55 days until the new series premieres! My wife Amy and I joined my son Josh and his girlfriend Anna who are watching Season 3 of “24″ last week.

Again I was reminded how much I love that show! 1

It’s a drama filled with intrigue and suspense, humor and irony, teamwork and solo adventures, nobility and honor, heroes and humility, risks and rewards all in the pursuit of security and freedom.

Jan 21

Haiti and Heroes

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Music, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

HansonSteve and Marcus are two of the men in my life I admire.

Steve is my elder. He’s my former pastor. He’s devoted to the poor and “Jesus with skin on” for people worldwide.

MarcusandBethanyMarcus is younger than me, but I look up to him. He’s passionate about God, compassionate for the lost and broken, and he has more faith than I have to see God’s powerful and unexpected work among us.

Work

Both men had their hearts broken for the lost while working with teenagers. Steve worked with Timber Bay and then Church of the Open Door. Marcus has and does work for TreeHouse.