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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Hope Harbors mission is lifting people to lives of self-sufficiency. This is accomplished through new beginnings which start by providing a safe, calming, nurturing and supportive atmosphere. Hope Harbor''s mission is meeting the needs of the homeless through wide community recognition, support and involvement. It is by the wise stewardship of resources and the financial security of the agency that Hope Harbor continues this mission.

Programs: Hope Harbor programs include: 1). Shelter Program for families, women, children that provides emergency and transitional shelter, meals and intensive case management; 2) Emergency Services Program to assist the needy with vouchers, transportaion, medical assistance, donations, 3) Central REsource and Referral Program that offers information and referrals, 4). Immigrant and Refugee Resettlement Program that helps New Americans to settle successfully in our region ,5). SOAR Education program that teaches basic living skills, including budgeting, parenting, GED, healthcare, spiritual life, nutrition, etc. (

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ladies at Hope Harbor do an excellent job serving their population. They CARE. They are PASSIONATE about what they do and DETERMINED to make a difference. They are well organized, do a great job keeping the community involved in their happenings, and best of all are a hands down, professional, organization.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been associated with Hope Harbor for only a short amount of time but have been impressed with how many people have been helped. Hope Harbor not only provides food and shelter but gives people the tools to save money, find a job and supporting themselves.

Board Member

Rating: 4

Hope Harbor provides a opportunity for those in need to get a second chance in life. As a board member for the past 5 years, I have watched the organization grow and fill a great need in our community.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hope Harbor is an organization that provides services to those who need it most. The services provided help individuals to not only have a roof over their head and food to sustain them but also a very solid educational program which gives them the tools needed to obtain and sustain self sufficiency. The organization gives back to the community in many ways by assisting people that are homeless and near homeless to pay back money owed, gain skills to obtain employment and rebuild their lives.
The Executive Director and staff along with the Board of Directors consistently work to continue to make the organization better and to further build upon the programs offered.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Hope Habor provides a vital service to the community of Grand Island. Their employees passion and dedication is a testiment to the great work they do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member for over six years and have volunteered many times when the help is needed, be it painting the renovated building, helping out in the office answering phone calls or helping out with donated items. The clients have been super and are great to work with. I've had a few times that I just needed to sit down with the clients and listen to their stories of how their life had been before they came to the shelter to seek the help they needed. They are very thankful for all the great things that they have experienced at the shelter be it the financial planning classes, paying off their bills, seeking a job, cooking classes, and just the day-to-day things they need to be responsible for and how to take care of themselves and/or their children. The clients appreciate that they have a place to call a temporary home, hot meals, clothing, and then moving on to be self sufficient and to find a place they can call home once they are back on their feet and feel they can make a real life for themselves.

Hope Harbor is a non-profit organization and depends greatly on community support with monatary donations, food, clothing, bedding, furniture, and other household items.

After working as co-chair on the Capital Campaign, we found that some of the community never heard about Hope Harbor. We got the word out about the great things Hope Harbor does and had a very successful campaign which has moved the shelter to be a well known place in our community and the support we receive it good, but there are always needs and with a full shelter and the bad economic times, help is always needed to keep the shelter open.

Hope Harbor is very dear to my heart and I will continue to be there for them in any way needed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board at Hope Harbor for nearly three years and am currently serving as the Board Treasurer. I chose to serve and continue to serve on this Board because of the essential and effective services it offers to women and children of our community. Hope Harbor not only provides shelter for those families in immediate need, but then provides these women with training and resources to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

Sean-Bigb B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just knowing a few of the people who work for Hope Harbor has opened my eyes to the immediate needs of Women in trouble. I cant imagine having to live in a car with a child, or out on the streets with a baby. The things Hope Harbor can provide for these women is nothing short of amazing and I am pretty sure most of the people they help feel the same way!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a health care provider, I have seen the effect that Hope Harbor has had on several families. Single moms learn parenting and financial skills and get a boost in their self respect while living at Hope Harbor. I appreciate the staff there helping to facilitate care while keeping the client ultimately responsible for themselves. Hope Harbor's mission is needed and appreciated in our community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Hope Harbor during this last year. Prior ot that, I did volunteer work on the new building renovation. I love this program. Besides offering shelter, Hope Harbor provides education and life changing programs to residents to help make them independent when they leave the shelter. Temporary help is often needed in any community but it is most important to offer the means to succeed beyond the temporary help, and Hope Harbor does that for those at the shelter. Lynn Rathjen

Board Member

Rating: 5

When a woman is without a home and living with her children in a car, Hope Harbor provides a place of security, education and reahbilitation for those seeking assistance. Commited to putting women and families back on their feet, it is one organization that looks at the individual needs of its clientel and provides a plan for them. Not just housing, but training, support and a sense of worth. Hope Harbor is not just a place to stay. It is a place to grow. The goals and actions of Hope Harbor are why I joined the Board and Volunteer when able. The people in need come first, not the image of the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My business has donated prizes for fundraisers and I and my wife try to donate household items that we no longer use to the shelter in hopes that someone else may find it useful again.
I have seen first hand how the staff cares for the individuals and families by volunteering at the shelter. The staff knows they can call on me to help with any minor repairs and handyman work. The families that Hope Harbor serves seem to be genuinly happy and appreciative of the services that the organization provides to them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Hope Harbor Board of Directors for over 4 years in addition to being a donor, and have seen tremendous growth in this organization. We had a successful capital campaign with strong support from the community that allowed us to complete much needed renovations to the facility. We have an incredible staff that is dedicated and compassionate, and works hard to assist their clients in reaching their goals. We also have a strong and commited Board of Directors that does a great job of supporting the staff, and providing the resources and guidance needed to help us meet our mission of: "Lifting those in need to lives of sustainable, self-sufficiency". Hope Harbor is more than just a shelter. It offers an opportunity for those falling on tough times to gain independence and self-confidence. They work with a case manager on an individual case plan, take many classes that are offered, learn budgeting and personal finance, pay off debt and establish a savings, all in preparation of obtaining permanent affordable housing and self-sufficiency. I have had a number of clients tell me that they don't know what they would have done without Hope Harbor, and that it truly made a difference in their lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My first encounter with the Hope Harbor (HH) as a member of the funds distribution committee for the United Way. At the time, HH was servicing those in need out of an extremely old and cramped facility in north GI. The facilities however, did not deter HH from providing services to those in need. Since my first introduction to HH I have watched the organization garner community support to allow them purchase and relocate to a much need larger and more functional facility. Subsequently, HH conducted a successful fund drive to allow upgrades to their new facility to better serve those in need.









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Joni K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been the Social Work Intern supervisor for three students who chose to complete their internships at Hope Harbor. I recommended Hope Harbor as a Field Placement Agency to the Social Work Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Students at Hope Harbor get a wide spectrum of experience in the human service field, including hands-on case managment. It is always a tremendous learning experience for the students. They learn to set boundaries with clients and co-workers, to enforce rules, to celebrate client successes and to experience the consequences of client choices that result in expulsion from the program. Hope Harbor provides a balanced program for clients and a well-rounded education for students.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a service provider, I believe we are very fortunate to have Hope Harbor in Grand Island. Not only does it provide shelter, but also casemanagment and life skills for its residents. Hope Harbor also helps meet the needs of others by collaborating with other service providers for the good of the client.

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Nathan D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Hope Harbor and seen how great it is for the community. Helping people get their life back on track is a great mission and the do a tremendous job at it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently a resident at Hope Harbor. I made the choice to come here in mid December 2010 and have gotten alot achieved since I have been here and the services that the case managers and office have helped me with for what i need to do is greatly appreciated for me to beable to get where i need and want to be in life.. I just want Hope Harbor to know how much I appreciate the services they offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a resident at Hope Harbor and have gotten help since 10/8/10. I was welcomed with true compassion and care. They have offered so much to me has far has direction and a wonderful shelter. They provide classes for us and a incetive program to help us along the way. My casemanager is such a great gal and truely understands my situation. YHope Harbor is a shelter needed in the city of Grand Island for many more years to come. Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Hope Harbor and feel it is a top notch organization with quality leadership and staff. Hope Harbor is making a difference in the community by not only provding shelter but also case management in regard to finance and personal management.

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