Hope Harbor is a privately funded 501 C3 non profit organization operating as a Christian ministry, serving teens ages 12-17 in a small setting and reconciling them to their family.  

Hope Harbor Program Structure

General Overview

General Overview

General Overview

Details about the basic structure of the Hope Harbor program


General Overview

General Overview

Details about our on-site non accredited private school


General Overview

Life Skills

Details about our biblical counseling program

Life Skills

Parental Involvement

Life Skills

Details on the independent living skills teens learn in our program

Spiritual Growth

Parental Involvement

Parental Involvement

Details on spiritual growth for residents at Hope Harbor

Parental Involvement

Parental Involvement

Parental Involvement

Details on parent participation requirements for all families

Program Overview


Proverbs 19:21

"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."

Hope Harbor is a voluntary program ministry offering teens ages 12-17 and their families the opportunity to heal from past hurts and destructive choices through a structured small setting program that incorporates the entire family with a focus on Jesus Christ in all things.

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Program Features

Hope Harbor offers loving, family-style care.  Just like at home, residents prepare meals and eat together, share bedrooms, do their laundry, relax in the living room and use the yard for games.

Biblical counseling and non accredited private school are provided on site.  Our teens take ownership in family life as they build skills to serve them for years to come.

Program Includes:

  • Weekly resident individual biblical counseling and group teaching
  • Weekly parenting class and biblical counseling for parents
  • Daily spiritual growth opportunities
  • Independent living skills training
  • Individualized year-round education
  • Physical fitness through local initiatives
  • Low staff to resident ratio 
  • Program duration approximately one year
  • Individualized goals for each resident and family structured around private education, biblical counseling, spiritual growth and life skills 
  • Required parent involvement

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Basic Program Structure

The Hope Harbor program is structured by five phases individualized to meet each family's needs.  Consistent parent involvement, unique to Hope Harbor, is central to each family's healing.  

Expected program length is approximately 12 months, which must be carefully considered when determining if Hope Harbor is right for your family.

Other Considerations:

  • We strive for an environment focused on the teen's needs without distraction 
  • Residents do not have cell phones, personal devices, email, social media or other online use until program end
  • Romantic relationships are not pursued during program enrollment 
  • Healthy friend contact is reintroduced on later phases with coaching and parent involvement
  • Staff works with each family on a transition plan to reintegrate back into the home life and to incorporate the tools learned through their healing

Academics at Hope Harbor


A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.  Proverbs 1:5 

On-Site Education

Education is one of the four core components of our program. Residents attend our on-site non accredited private school, individual to each location.  Our students are also enrollment in Lighthouse Christian Academy, which allows credits to be transferred back for credit when teens return to their school.  Our teachers manage each resident's school plan with curriculum in varying grades, skill levels, and courses.  Residents catch up, stay on track, and even move ahead academically. 

Reaching Untapped Potential

We see our teens reach their potential and realize ability where they haven’t before.  Each day in the classroom is filled with challenges, second chances and victories in a lighthearted and focused atmosphere.

Residents can even graduate from our on site school to launch into their adult lives through college or work.


School is in session from 8am-3pm Monday-Friday year round.  The school day may include special classes, counseling and spiritual growth sessions, group projects, field trips and movie days.  

Tutors give extra attention and help where needed.  Residents earn Merit Money through their achievements, redeemable at Merit Store for school supplies, treats, outings, special school privileges and more.

ACE Curriculum

Hope Harbor utilizes the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum for all residents.  A.C.E. is biblically based and individualized with studies in Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and Literature. 

Initial assessments and school transcripts provide structure to develop each teen's individual school plan.  Students complete 12 packets with 80% accuracy to earn one credit and also earn a PE and FACS credit through daily recreation and activities.

Biblical Counseling at Hope Harbor


Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.  Proverbs 20:5 

On-Site biblical Counseling

Biblical counseling is one of the four core components of our program. Residents participate in weekly individual biblical counseling and group teaching, with family biblical counseling introduced later in their program.  Parents participate in bi-weekly biblical counseling and weekly Parenting Class. 

biblical Counseling Structure

Hope Harbor employs biblical counselors that are members of the American Association of Christian Counselors and receive additional training in techniques including Parenting with Love and Logic and TBRI.  All sessions are biblical, Christ-centered, and Holy Spirit led, allowing for healing through the one true Healer.

Hope Harbor is not a mental health provider or treatment and will refer out for any mental health needs or medication management needs.

Healing at Your Own Pace

As a voluntary program, residents are given tools to participate in their healing  when they are ready. We ask for three things from our residents and parents as we walk alongside them toward healing:

Sincerity  The healing process will move at the same speed as the level of sincerity.  As you learn to be real, we can better help.

Honesty  Being truthful about the past and present is critical to the program. Learning to be honest, even when mistakes are made, moves us toward the greater purpose of healing.

Commitment  The decision to submit to authority in our lives will generate faster and more effective healing. God has a good plan.

Life Skills at Hope Harbor


Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 

Ownership and Responsibility

Independent Life Skills is one of the four core components of our program. Residents learn in a family environment by taking ownership and responsibility in household situations.  Our teens develop and demonstrate progress in respecting authority, positive behavior changes, social skills, life skills, and personal care.  

Goals are specific to individual needs. Responsibilities and privileges are vital for personal growth and maturity.  Privileges increase by phase, as do responsibility, trust, integrity and initiative.

Building Life Skills Daily

Independent living skills included in our daily routine are:

         Chores                     Practical application of skills learned      

   Fitness                     Trust, integrity and leadership

Hygiene                   Hobby development

Manners                  Respect of authority

Nutrition                 Walking in freedom

Meal prep               Personal motivation

Self-control           Time management

Social skills            Conflict resolution

Coping skills          Service projects

General Schedule of Activities

Daily Schedule (pdf)


Spiritual Growth at Hope Harbor


Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 

Christ Centered and Biblically Based

Spiritual Growth is one of the four core components of our program. Hope Harbor is an interdenominational Christian program.  We believe in salvation through Jesus Christ and refer to the Bible for direction and clarity in all matters, as outlined in our Statement of Faith.

Leading by Example

We desire to help teens walk out a relationship that they choose with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Each of our staff has made a personal choice of commitment to Christ and walk out our faith as an example to our residents.  This allows for an environment where the Holy Spirit is welcomed and present, drawing others to Him for real heart change. 

Personal Choice for Christ

The freedom to choose a personal relationship with Christ is an essential part of the Christian faith. No one can force or fake a walk with the Lord.  Healing through Christ is encouraged in this Christian program.   As our residents see the freedom offered through the Father, they are given the opportunity to choose their walk for themselves.

Spiritual growth initiatives offered to our residents include:

  • Fellowship
  • Discipleship 
  • Daily devotions     
  • Service projects
  • Worship services       
  • Weekly Bible study     
  • Weekly chapel on site
  • Scripture memorization
  • Frequent time for prayer  
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Plan of Salvation study lessons 
  • Weekly church in the community      

Parental Program Commitment


As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.  Psalm 103:13 

Complete Family Reconciliation

Hope Harbor's unique approach of complete parent involvement best serves our families toward total reconciliation and healing.  Parents are equipped with tools to increase effectiveness and learn more about their teen and family's specific needs.

We have witnessed the Lord move mountains to make accommodation for families to participate in this program as it is intended. Whether it is financial concerns, long travel, work schedules, child care for siblings or something more, we would love to pray with you and petition the Lord for this in your life too!

Parent Requirements

Parent(s) at Hope Harbor commit to the following for program duration:

  • Agreement with Hope Harbor program structure and policy
  • Attendance at parent sessions bi-weekly on site (Fridays)
  • Attendance at weekly Parenting Class on site (Fridays)
  • Participation in mail,  calls and visits, and scheduled passes
  • Participation in reviews and meetings as scheduled
  • Consistent payment of pre-arranged tuition
  • Consistent provision of teen's personal care needs
  • Commitment to the full program, approximately 12 months

Healing for Parents

Family participation gives parents and siblings the opportunity to heal as they mend past hurts and deepen their relationship with Christ. 

Families attest that their full commitment to the healing of their family through Christ better equipped them for the challenges of their own lives. 

It is our goal that teens return to a home environment that has been transformed as we provide resources to help everyone heal. 

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