Teens Share – Don’t Be Alone

By Amy Jo Steinbruecker on May 4, 2017

Teens are finding what they are looking for at Bloomingdale Church’s Coffeehouse. Although the games, music, snacks, and the coffee are popular, they are not what brings students back every Friday night. Claire L (13, Glenbard East HS in Lombard) told us, “It’s like a family.”

Life is confusing, scary and lonely. Whether you are homeschooled or attending a large public school, junior high and high school are a particularly challenging time in development. No matter how solitary of a life you create for yourself, you have a natural need to fit in somewhere. Mark F (16, Glenbard North HS in Carol Stream) told us, “These people are going to care for you, care about you. They’re going to genuinely want to know what’s going on in your life and they’re going to pray for you. I don’t think there’s anything else like that.”

Why is Coffeehouse different? Because it was developed as a safe and welcoming community center—properly supervised by fun adults who care.

Grant P (16, Roselle) told us, “It’s pretty much like home, I can’t imagine life without it.”

All teens are encouraged to bring friends. No one is expected to be comfortable walking in alone, but we guarantee no one will be alone for long. Check us out.

*Quotes are from ACTUAL REAL LIVE TEENS from Bloomingdale Church. No teens were harmed or harassed in the writing of this story.