Explore & Practice Real Life Skills

Applewood transitions for young women is a supportive, community immersed program for emerging young adult women to explore and practice real life skills.


Our clients often struggle with recurring issues from adolescence, causing difficulties in transitioning effectively to independence. Many of our clients have participated in numerous forms of therapy, but have struggled translating what they have learned to real life. Supported and guided by Certified Life Coaches and mentors, clients are presented with real life situations on a daily basis. This provides opportunities for them to have genuine experiences rather than contrived outcomes.

The Applewood Inn is a three story building located in Canaan Valley, WV. Between the upper and lower floors, you will find the Breakfast Nook Restaurant. Our clients begin developing real life work skills by working at the Breakfast Nook, which is open seven days per week from 7:00 AM – Noon. Each young woman has the opportunity to operate all aspects of the restaurant, including ordering, marketing, cooking, waitressing, washing dishes, and customer service. Our clients may also work in one of our other businesses (Deerfield Restaurant, Q’s Corner Thrift Store, Deerfield Mini Golf) or in one of the many businesses in the local community. Clients develop real-world skills and personal responsibility by having an external project that acts as a catalyst for internal changes and growth.

Daily routines are different for each client, but they all share in the responsibilities of keeping up their “house.”  Everyone has to be up and ready for the day by 8:30 AM, regardless of their individual schedules. Each day includes breakfast and lunch on their own (they plan and prepare their breakfast and lunch individually, though they may eat together, depending on schedules). For dinner, the entire house shares in the planning and preparation. They then eat dinner as a family, giving them time for connecting and reflecting on their day. This also provides opportunities for practicing positive and appropriate social skills. The daily living schedules are designed to allow clients to practice their executive functioning skills.

In the spring and summer, the young ladies manage two raised-bed gardens. All clients participate in the planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting. The girls consume a good portion of the harvest, with the rest going to the restaurant or the local farmer’s market.  Along with the garden, the young ladies are responsible for the lawn care and maintenance projects around the Inn.

All of the ladies participate in outdoor-based adventure activities. Canaan Valley boasts endless hiking trails, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, swimming, biking, fishing, camping, skiing (downhill and cross country) and snowshoeing. The young ladies enjoy participating in these activities, which are suited to the individual’s experience.

The young ladies also help operate Double S Stables.  With a herd of 13 horses, the daily care, feeding, grooming and training requires a lot of support. The Stables operates two summer camps each year for young children in the local community. The young ladies participate in the planning and execution of the camp activities including instructing in basic horse care, riding instruction/support, teaching creative crafting, and helping out as the youngsters learn to enjoy trail riding. The success of the camps is often dependent on the hours and efforts put forth by the young ladies of Applewood.


Our Life Skills Curriculum is the core of the Applewood programming, providing specific direction and support to help clients meet their individual goals for independent living.

All of our clients are engaged in some level of academic, vocational or training program.  Some of our clients have not been able to complete high school due to extenuating circumstances, so we offer the opportunity to complete a high school diploma through National High School, which requires a combination of online and book/paper work.  We provide individual tutoring as needed.  We also work with Eastern WV Technical and Community College where our clients can take college level courses in a variety of vocational areas or take entry-level core courses as they prepare to attend a four-year college or university.  Some of our clients complete online courses in an Ed-To-Go program, which provides a certificate of completion. Our clients are permitted to take a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) course through our local assisted living program.  We also work with local professionals to provide apprenticeships for clients as appropriate. These areas can include electrician, farrier, construction, cable TV/phone/internet line work, and mechanic.