“Redefined was my safe house. I came here even though I hated my life. I came here and I smiled and laughed and forgot about the miserable life at home. Because of Redefined I have become a new person. A better person. I love myself again, and I enjoy life. … Because of Redefined I have lived to the age of 18, which I never thought I’d see. So thank you.” – High School Senior

“I’ve been to youth groups will all the bells and whistles before, but this place is different. This place feels like family.” – High School Freshman

“I have been going here for a while now. I know that before I came here my life was a mess, but I have to say, everybody at Redefined has changed my life. I’m happy to call the people at this place my family. This group has definitely brought me close to God.

“Coming to group every Friday is basically what I look forward to. When I’m having a bad week, I always tell myself that at the end of the week, I get to go to group and that helps me get through the week.

I remembered when I first entered through the doors of Redefined the presence of God was overwhelmingly strong. I have never felt God’s presence so strong before.

“I want to say thank you for changing my life and for giving me experiences I’ll never forget. I love you all.” – High School Sophomore

“One night at Redefined I was feeling emotional. It was a hard day, and I just wanted to tell someone, anyone. Luckily, there was a person that I knew I could trust. I just went to the back of the room, and I hugged her. I asked her to pray for me, and she did. She asked what was wrong, and I didn’t tell her, because the words couldn’t come out of my mouth. ‘I cut myself,’ or ‘I feel lonely, and I don’t have anyone to talk to.

“But she knew and I cried in her arms, and after she told me about how much I was worth, I felt better, knowing that there was someone I could trust.

That same night, God told me I was worth life, that I shouldn’t harm myself, that I shouldn’t think about ending my life. And I didn’t know if I was dreaming or if that actually happened, but I listened. I stopped, but that only lasted so long. I was cutting myself again after only a month.

“Eighth grade came and everything was the same. I was depressed. I didn’t have too many friends. When I got home, I’d lay down in my bed and imagine all the things I wanted to be, but I knew I never could be. ‘Never number one.’

“Tonight I went to youth group and I remembered these past two years. How much I’ve changed and for the better. I’ve learned not to really care what people say. I think it’s safe to say that I will never hate myself the way I used to.” – Eighth Grader

“Had an amazing evening with some amazing people. I may not be the strongest in my particular faith, but being around those who have at least some of that strength does good for my soul. I’m glad to call myself a Christian, whether or not I’m the most devout or the most righteous. I’ve been much happier with myself since immersing myself in this particular path of life.” – High School Senior

“No matter how bad the week goes, I know I will always have the happiest Friday nights.” – High School Junior

I just wanted to say thank you so much for helping me believe in God. Before I came here one year ago, I was an atheist. You two have given me a new look on life. You are some of the few people that give me hope. I am so grateful for this youth group. thank you for giving me a chance to see things differently. – Eighth Grader