Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.At Hope Harbor Children’s Home the director, support staff, house parents and counselors are working daily at this pure religion. They are in the trenches serving the Lord in love for those who need it most. Chris Brill, Development Director at the home shares with us the history and purpose of this work of love.
In 1947, in the shadow of World War II, loving Christian men and women saw the need for a children’s home in Northeast Oklahoma. Father’s had died or been severely disabled in the war. Many single mothers were struggling to survive both emotionally and financially, and in many cases were unable to provide for their children in the way that was needed. So loving people did what loving people will always do: they chose to act and started Turley Children’s Home just north of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This legacy continues today. Over the years, the campus of the children’s home moved from Turley to Claremore and the name changed to Hope Harbor Children’s Home in the mid 1990’s. Despite the move the hearts of all involved stayed exactly as they were in 1947: focused on the lives of children and the needs of families facing pain, loss, and desperation.
Today, Hope Harbor provides services for at-risk teens, which focuses on the reconciliation and reunification of children and their families. This process usually takes 12-18 months utilizing on-site and off-site Christian counseling and parent training services. Off-site services are also provided as preventive measures including the off-site counseling and our parent training workshops offered in church and community settings. Parent training classes are also taken into prison settings to reach out to incarcerated mothers and fathers.
Hope Harbor set an ambitious target of serving 2,000 people a year by 2015. We exceeded that target last year serving 2,353 individuals. Our efforts are solely supported by private donations, mostly from members and congregations of the church of Christ. Our staff and employees are faithful members of the church of Christ and the residents attend the local congregation with their houseparents. Our mission statement – “Restoring hope and equipping children and families for lives with meaning and purpose.”If you want to know more or you would like to contribute to this remarkable work please contact the staff at Hope Harbor Children’s Home. Every act of love is appreciated. Learn more about Hope Harbor Children’s Home & Family Ministries at: www.hopeharborinc.org . Contact Chris Brill at 918-343-0003 (222) & firstname.lastname@example.org. Please “Like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.