August, 18 2018

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New program to offer challenging, life-changing experiences

A new adolescent RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM will soon be available on the central Oregon coast.

Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions is the brainchild and mission of Jim Yahne, a state licensed counselor and alcohol and drug prevention educator with nearly three decades of experience.

Yahne describes the Tree of Life center - or "TLC" - as a PROGRAM offering "counseling, mentoring, health education and life skills in a positive and challenging guided wilderness environment."

The idea for TLC, Yahne said, was born while cutting firewood near Klamath Falls. During prayer Yahne had a vision of delivering more than fuel for personal warmth.

He recalled, "The Lord impressed me with vision of delivering the eternal 'fuel' of the Tree of Life to individuals and families in a setting that combined the outdoors and counseling in a place where they could obtain life-changing benefits."

Adolescents are the target age group for this PROGRAM, though Yahne said adults are welcome as well. Through teamwork, leadership training and personal recreation, Yahne said the PROGRAM will benefit anyone struggling with family conflict, school problems, alcohol and/or drug abuse, anger or defiance issues, self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

While Christian-based, Yahne added the PROGRAM open to all beliefs, or lack thereof. "I come from a strong 12 Step background, and respect all beliefs," Yahne stated.

As a former counselor with the renowned CATHERINE FREER Wilderness Therapy Expeditions based in Albany, Yahne knows first-hand the value of such a PROGRAM.

"It gives people undistracted time apart, and a chance to feel the benefit of being with someone who is caring and offers an objective viewpoint," he said.

In his quest to establish Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions in Lincoln County, Yahne has "done a lot of footwork." This includes writing policies and procedures, pursuing a state letter of approval as an addiction PROGRAM, and developing a self-sufficiency plan with the HELP of small grants.

TLC also has federal non-profit status through the Calvary Chapel of Klamath Falls, and a local affiliation with the Central Coast Christian Fellowship.

Currently, Yahne is seeking board members and volunteers "with a good heart" to assist in getting the PROGRAM off the ground in Lincoln County.

"I came to Newport three years ago, and I am committed to staying in this county," he said, adding "I believe we can serve this area and eventually reach out to the rest of the U.S. as well."

Yahne said his goal is to "reach out to families of all levels" and he hopes to serve 35 to 40 youth in RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT in the PROGRAM's first year.

By taking these youths on expeditions to rivers, lakes, the ocean, mountains and desert, Yahne will teach communication, family dynamics and personal and outdoor skills. In addition to counseling expeditions, Yahne will also offer expeditions for church groups, SCHOOLs, business groups, families or custom individual adventures.

"I'm looking to deliver a quality service, to offer hope and alternatives to improve lives in the long run," Yahne explained.

He is available for public speaking about plans for the Tree of Life Wilderness Expeditions. For more information contact Yahne at 270-2518.

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