Welcome to LAUREL HOUSE Providing a Home for Teens in Crisis for 30 Years

Number One

One of the finest depictions of our Lord can be found in The Brooklyn Museum. 19th century French painter James Tissot created a masterpiece of the Good Shepherd, “Le bon pasteur.” In this painting, an impressive figure navigates the rocky terrain barefoot with a calmed sheep securely resting on the broad shoulders of Jesus.

This reminds us of the parable from Luke 15:3-7.

“Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it?”

We find ourselves in the midst of a long, hot September and six Laurel House teens have begun a new school year. A new fiscal year is launched. As board and staff prepare for a year filled with promise and challenges, numbers are examined. How many teens were served last year? How many counseling sessions were provided to families and their sheltered daughters? How many community service hours did Laurel House girls complete and how many volunteers hours were donated to the agency? What are the financial goals for the coming year? How can we better serve teens in crisis?

But just as in the parable, we know that Laurel House is that shepherd who seeks out the one teen who is to brought to a safe place. Great is each individual we help to heal. And just as our shepherd carries the little lost one on His shoulders rejoicing; at Laurel House we rejoice in one girl’s successful return to a healthier family.