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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.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Carmon. I came to Hope Harbor in June of 2010. I lost my job at a large organization that decided to get rid of the team that i was on. I had no way to pay for my appartment and just before I lost my job, my youngest son wrecked my vehicle. So I had limited ways of getting to and from anywhere and didnt know for sure what I was going to do. I applied at jobs and it was tuff going. I was either over qualified or they wasnt hiring. Alot of businesses were going under in Lincoln at the time and alot of people were looking for work. So I talked to my mother about moving back to Loup City. I didnt have the money to store my stuff or to move it, so I divided it up between my married kids. I moved back home and talk about hitting bottom. Here I was in my 40's and living with Mom, couldn't find a job, didn't have a vehicle and having to ask to use hers, couldn't pay my way and couldn''t afford to drive her conversion van 45 miles to get a job. I was getting to feel pretty low. I was watching tv one night and heard about a shelter in Grand Island, so I called the State Patrol and asked if they knew of any shelters and they told me about Hope Harbor. I called the next day and they told me to come apply. So I did. I walked thru the door with my head down and crying. Deb, one of the ladies here, said it was going to be ok and told me they were here to help. I got accepted and moved in. I was terrified! I soon learned that everyone working here, was awesome and really cared about every individual here. I was starting to get my hopes up again! They was there for me, not only as a case manager, but also as someone to talk to, someone to bounce ideas off of and get ideas from, but also the support to get back on my feet. They gave me the resources for jobs, housing, schooling, food, transportation (before I got a job) and also the knowledge that I got from all the classes that you take here. I took classes on, healthy relations, first aid, bible, budgeting, cooking, corrective thinking, crisis center intervention and we also have people who come in and talk to us about different resources that are out there. I became the resident leader 2 months after I got here. I have learned so much from that. I am like the house Mom and I get to be here for the person who just moves in and is scared like I was and to hug the kids at night before they go to bed, help the adult go thru the stuff that I have already been through and to be a someone to listen to them and be a shoulder to cry on if they need it, also to help some who dont know how to cook, learn how. I know have a good job, will be going to school soon to get my CDL, i have a car and through our point system here, I have gotten the stuff I need to set up a household from scratch. Thanks to the donations that are recieved here, whether it is food, clothing, household items, furniture, cleaning supplies, toiletries and over the counter medicine and personal hygeine items, I have what I need. I am very thankful for what I have learned, what I have been given help with, the friendships that I have made and the donations that made it so I had somewhere to go and get the help I needed. I will always be grateful!!! I'm whole again, Thanks to all that made it happen and continue to make it happen for everyone else!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hope Harbor provides shelter, meals, and case management to homeless women, children, and families. They have a step by step program for education and employment planning. The staff is very competent and provide a structured environment to make these programs work. A successful completion of the curriculum, under the guidance of the case managers, can be life changing for those involved and lead to purposeful independent living.
Hope Harbor also provides general assistance for those with food, clothing, and furniture needs. Hope Harbor's Emergency Shelter Program provides temporary shelter to the homeless.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Hope Harbor is a necessary place for people who are in need. I feel my donations are put to good use. The Employees are helpful and focus on the people in the house. My Mother In law and I made apple sauce for the people at Hope Harbor..We had 2 people that lived there helping us. It was a great time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Hope Harbor has done a great job of serving people in our community that are in need. They not only provide a safe place for them to live, but they provide help with many resources. They assist with helping prepare for jobs and how to go about looking for them, they have classes on budgeting, and the residents there help with everything to help Hope Harbor function on a daily basis.
When I find a family that has come on hard times and they have no place to go, I know that Hope Harbor can help. They provide the residents with long term tools and supports to help them be successful in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Hope Harbor is providing a much needed service for not only the Grand Island community but for the Tri City area. Not only do they provide a safte environment for the residents and their families but they also provide programs that assist them in learning life skills that will help them become self sufficient. I'm happy to be able to help out whenever possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered there in the past. The staff are very nice. The residents always feel comfortabe speaking with any of the staff, which they are always ready to give a helping hand. Good job Hope Harbor. The amount of services they provide are also streamlined to give the best help and resources without duplicating services already in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an internship at Hope Harbor and worked extensively with both the staff and clients. The staff treat the clients with respect and definitey work to empower all who come through their doors. Hope Harbor is one of the few homeless shelters available to families in rural Nebraska and it has touched the lives of so many people. I remember in my experience there, witnessing a family with six children work their way to self-sufficiency. Hope Harbor helped them to find employment and housing. The family had searched for so long for housing that they were on the point of giving up. However, with the case manager's support, they finally found a house and are now doing quite well. Hope Harbor is greatly needed in the area it serves.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Parish Nurse for St. Marys Cathedral, adjacent to Hope Harbor and I see those who have to walk a block to Pioneer Park tosmoke. The families are well dressed, actually well groomed and seem to be healthy. It is rare we see the same people every week and no doubt they are being placed in their own homes. We have a Third city Clinic where these people are able to recieve free health care and I know they have. I believe in Hope Harbor and because they have inhabited our old convent they are continuing to give of themselves just like the old nuns did. They have been good neighbors, not affiliated with this church. I take a calendar over occasionally, the building is well kept and people freindly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered several times at Hope Harbor now both individually and as a group with my company. I am continually amazed at the services they have for families in need, and the quality of care and support they provide. I especially appreciate the way the try and help these families get back on their feet and become self sufficient. There are rules the clients have to abide by, so its a structured environment, which I think helps the transition back to independency. One such way is that the residents have to help keep the facility clean. Hope Harbor is well received throughout the community as a place that provides just what it's name implies, hope. The facility is run very professionally and I appreciate that as well. You can see the caseworkers care about their jobs by the way the take care of the families and the facility.

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Board Member

Rating: 3

Hope Harbor is an organization that is geared towards helping the homeless. Its employees help anyone that needs assistance to get back on their feet and then provides them with the tools to find a job, home and become successful in life. I have heard of many success stories of individuals who have been helped by Hope Harbor.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Licensed Professional Counselor I have the opportunity to work with some of the residents who are seeking assistance with their mental health needs. The shelter provides a safe and stable environment for the residents to learn and practice new life skills. The structured programming allows residents to engage in a environment that supports individual growth and responsibility.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I work with homeless youth in Grand Islland and I always appreciate the staff at Hope Harbor and their passion to serve.
I have always found staff to be very cooperative and willing to work with me.
The newly remodeled facility is beautiful and so functional to the needs of the clients.
The many programs that are offered truly give a family a helping hand instead of a "hand out". Thank you Hope Harbor for being there when we need someone most.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Catholic priest across the street from Hope Harbor, I have been able to have a friendly relationship with the volunteers and staff. I have made a number of referrals to Hope Harbor, and those women have been able to receive services. The volunteers and staff at Hope Harbor have always been friendly and have done everything in their power to serve the women that I refer. I have nothing but good things to say about Hope Harbor and its services.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Legal Aid attorney who represents many homeless individuals. Through my work, I have had the opportunity to tour, work with, and become familiar with Hope Harbor and their staff. Their tireless work for homeless women and their families is exemplary. They always are so responsive to the needs of my homeless clients. Not only do they provide shelter to women and their children, but through their diverse programming, they move these families from homelessness to self sufficiency. I have had countless clients tell me without Hope Harbor, I never would have made it. The service they provide to the Grand Island community and surrounding area is invaluable.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former board member and current donor, I am proud of my association with Hope Harbor. They truly focus on a mission of assisting in emergencies and moving the individuals and families they care for to a higher level of independence. They do so by modeling appropriate behaviors, and demonstrating kindness tempered with unwavering expectations of those who are afforded services. Both of these are indications of commitment to the present and a brighter future for those in need of assistance, comfort and direction.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While doing my internship in Grand Island, we had many clients come in to Central Nebraska Community Services who were homeless, or on the verge of being homeless. With the help of Hope Harbor, those women and children had a place to stay. They were also helpful in finding clothing and supplies for those who we could not serve. I had the opportunity to meet Melissa DeLaet during a Continuum of Care meeting in Grand Island, and she is nothing but the best. Without Hope Harbor in Grand Island, there would be so many more people on the streets. I hope for nothing but the best for HH. It truly is a godsend to those in need in central Nebraska.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a pastor I was contacted by a couple in the community of St Paul NE requesting assistance and especially transportation to Hope Harbor in Grand Island. I was able to provide that transportation to Hope Harbor and met briefly with the staff who immediately came to the assistance of the couple. We were treated with respect and care. We did have difficulty finding the proper entry.

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Kyle K.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My sister Amanda Krueger works at Hope Harbor and asked Michael and I to help Hope Harbor move to their new living and work place. And while we were there our sister told us a little about it. The People working at Hope Harbor along with the people staying there are working for a better life, slow and steady, as all good things are earned over time. After moving all the furniture I was able to appreciate their new Facility. It's nice and enviting with more comfortable living space. In short it's one more step forward.

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