Residential Program

Hope Harbor is a privately funded 501 C3 non profit organization licensed by the MN Dept of Human Services, operating as a Christian ministry, committed to serving teens ages 12-17 in a residential setting and reconciling them to their family unit.  

Hope Harbor Residential Program Structure

General Overview

Details about the basic structure of the Hope Harbor program

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Details about our private schools, Hope Academy and Anchor Academy

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Details about on biblical counseling for residents and parents

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Life Skills

Details on the independent living skills teens learn in our program

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Spiritual Growth

Details on spiritual growth for residents at Hope Harbor

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Parental Involvement

Details on parent participation requirements for all families

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Program Overview

Proverbs 19:21

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

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

Program Features

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

Biblical counseling and 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 and group biblical counseling
  • Weekly parenting class and biblical counseling for parents
  • Daily spiritual growth opportunities for residents
  • Independent living skills training
  • Individualized education program year-around
  • Physical fitness opportunities through local initiatives
  • 1:6 staff/resident ratio (six teens per site) 
  • Program duration of approximately one year
  • Individualized goals for each resident and family structured around education, biblical counseling, spiritual growth and life skills 
  • Required parent involvement

Basic Program Structure

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The Hope Harbor program is structured by five phases tailored individually to meet each family's needs.  Consistent parent involvement, unique to Hope Harbor, is central to each family's program and teen's progress.  

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

  • We strive to generate an environment where residents can focus on their needs without distraction. 
  • Residents do not have cell phones or other personal devices at Hope Harbor.  
  • They do not have access to email, social networking or other online use until program end.
  • Romantic relationships are prohibited during enrollment.  
  • Safe friend contact is reintroduced on later phases. 
  • Our staff works with each family individually on a transition plan as residents reintegrate back into their home lives and incorporate the tools they have 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 residential program. Residents attend our on-site schools Hope Academy (in Marshall) and Anchor Academy (in Winona).  Our teachers manage each resident's individual school plan with curriculum in varying grades, skill levels, and courses.  Residents are able to catch up, stay on track, and even move ahead academically. 

Reaching Untapped Potential

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

Residents in their Senior year of school can graduate from Hope Academy and Anchor Academy to launch into their adult lives through college or work.


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

Tutors are available to 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 in the classroom for all residents.  The A.C.E. program is biblically based and individually assigned 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. Students also earn a PE and FACS credit through daily recreation and activities.

A.C.E. Curriculum

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 Counseling

Biblical counseling is one of the four core components of our residential program. Residents participate weekly in individual and group counseling, with family counseling introduced later in their program.  All parents/guardians of residents participate in bi-weekly counseling and weekly Parenting Class. 

Counseling Structure

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

Healing at Your Own Pace

As a voluntary program, Hope Harbor gives residents the tools to participate in their healing journey 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 participant's level of sincerity.  As the participant learns 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 the authority placed in our lives will generate a faster and more effective program. God has a good and perfect 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 residential program. Residents learn alongside staff 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.  

Resident goals are specific to their individual program 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
  • Fitness
  • Hygiene
  • Manners
  • Nutrition
  • Meal prep
  • Self-control
  • Social skills
  • Coping skills
  • Letter writing
  • Service projects
  • Conflict resolution
  • Time management
  • Personal motivation
  • Walking in freedom
  • Respect of authority
  • Hobby development
  • Consistency in behavior
  • Trust, integrity and leadership
  • Practical application of skills learned

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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 residential program. Hope Harbor is an interdenominational Christian program.  We believe in a saving faith centered on Jesus Christ and in all things we defer to the Bible for direction and clarity, as outlined in our Statement of Faith.

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 naturally walk out our faith as an example to our residents in all we do.  This genuine devotion 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      

Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith (pdf)


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.  We aim to equip parents with tools to become more effective parents as they learn more about their teen's and family's specific needs.

We have witnessed the Lord move mountains to make accommodation for families to participate in the Hope Harbor residential 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) of teens at Hope Harbor commit to the following for program duration:

  • Reviewing and signing contract, permission forms and Parent Handbook
  • Attendance at individual/couple counseling bi-weekly with our counselor on site (Fridays)
  • Attendance at weekly Parenting Class on site (Fridays 3:30-5:00pm in Marshall and 4:00-5:30 pm in Winona)
  • Participation in regular mail, weekly calls and visits, and scheduled passes
  • Participation in reviews, conferences and meetings as scheduled
  • Consistent payment of pre-arranged tuition
  • Consistent provision of teen's personal care needs, phone card, stamps and monthly allowance of $25
  • Commitment to the full program duration of approximately 12 months

Healing for Parents

Family participation in the Hope Harbor program gives parents and siblings the opportunity to also 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 not only their children's lives, but their own too. 

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

Visits, Passes, Phone Calls and Mail

Residents begin visits with their parents and siblings on Phase 1, typically on parenting class days.  These visits are on site initially and move off site as the family reconnects.  

On Phase 2, residents alternate every week between a home pass weekend and an off site visit.  Phase 3 residents have a home pass every weekend.  Transition Phase extended passes vary by each family's needs until the teen is back in the home full time.

Outgoing phone calls and incoming/outgoing mail begin in Phase 1 and carry through all phases to those people on the contact list provided by parents at intake.