One of our goals at Susan’s House is to teach life skills.  People ask what life skills can one learn from making ceramics, glassware, jewelry or beadwork?  You’d be surprised.  Our teens have to learn the basics.

They start by signing a contract, accepting responsibilities, and committing to a work schedule.  They need to learn to listen to the instructors and follow directions to start to create the beautiful pieces they see everyone around them creating.  They haveto understand what constructive critism is, and try againwhen their first attempts fail.  The steps and teamwork needed to make our glass plates, or ceramic candlesticks, chamsa wall hangings, and many other products teach about focus and patience.  Our teens learn to respect others, the process, and most importantly themselves.  When on kitchen duty, they learn to plan healthy mealsshop for raw ingredients and cook for the group.

For the first time they are earning a paycheck.  They each meet with a staff member to understand how to save, spend, andbudget. 

Many of these skills an average teen would pick up at home, living with his family, and going to school.   But our teens fell through the cracks.  They have dropped out of school, many have run away from home and have been found living on the streets.  They need to learn to trust, hope, and dream so they can succeed in life.