Savage-Prior Lake TreeHouse


6201 W 135th St - Savage, MN 


How it all began...

Just some background....our journey began over 18  years ago when the Lord put this vision in our hearts to create a wholesome, ​positive, loving and safe environment for our youth to hang out after school.   At the time, we were raising a teenager and realized the real need.  Our vision was to provide an alternative to existing recreation and entertainment, to offer a safe haven for students. Our idea was to promote respectful attitudes, be        upl​ifting, encouraging, but most of all committed to sharing the love of Jesus with our youth. Our hearts hurt for the generation we were losing to this world and all the influences that surround them. We decided to do something!     Our journey began in July 2007, with the help of several parents just like us, with a  building graciously given, $75 in seed money, and the Lord as our partner. We opened an afterschool drop in center for youth, 6th grade and up in Washington, IA.  This faith-based, non-profit thrived for 11 years.  Deb served as Pastor and Executive Director, Jim was on the board of Directors as well and served as our  ‘maintenance’ person.   We were so blessed to watch how Jesus could change lives and families, students were changing their life direction, leaving destructive habits behind and striving to become who God created them to be!  

In April of 2016 after much prayer, we decided to relocate to New Prague, Minnesota to live closer to our children and grandchildren.   Jim had a new job, we had found a new church home and we began getting involved in our community.   We were feeling like youth ministry was a thing of our past but we soon realized that the needs of the youth in this area were the same or possibly even greater and God wasn’t finished with us yet!   The Lord has renewed our vision, re-ignited our passion to develop a new youth facility here in the New Prague area.  After much prayer and thoughtfulness, we started another non-profit in Sept. 2017,  The Well Ministries.   We moved into a physical location in February 2018.  The Well Youth Center is located at 1407 Main St E. in New Prague.  For more details, please check out it's website at 

 In March 2018, we partnered with TreeHouse Inc of Minneapolis, a faith-based non-profit serving teens,  to bring their services to New Prague, MN.   TreeHouse has over 45 years of experience working with hurting teens, providing support groups and one-to-one mentoring to our bring love, support, and encouragement.   The TreeHouse mission so lined up with ours, which is to end hopelessness among teens, to provide a safe space for teens to gather and to help lead them into a a personal, loving relationship with Jesus.  For the history and more information about TreeHouse nationwide,  please check out the corporate website at     In February 2020, we launched our second location, the Savage-Prior Lake TreeHouse and are currently serving approximately 60 students with both locations.   We are excited to see what God has in store!  We appreciate the prayers and support of the communities we serve.  Like so many, we experienced a difficult year due to Covid19, our physical location shut down for about 90 days and we were trying to serve students virtually.  We are so thankful to the service groups, businesses, to Scott County, and the many individuals and families that provide the financial support to do what we do.  We also want to thank the team of passionate volunteers that have worked beside us and  thank you God for equipping us!   Blessings to you all!

Jim & Deb Bodensteiner