Mission: Harbor House seeks to eliminate domestic abuse by providing safety, shelter, empowerment, education and justice.
Results: Served more than 2,000 adults and children through our shelter and outreach programs; provided community education and training for more than 14,000 individuals; volunteers provided more than 17,000 hours of service. In addition, opened the first on-site kennel in Central Florida for pets of domestic violence survivors in December 2012, which since its opening has been a temporary home to 49 dogs, 15 cats, one bird, one guinea pig and one turtle.
Programs: Confidential emergency sheltering for families, State-certified childcare services, legal advocacy for injunction filing and court support, full case management including safety planning, referrals and counseling.
As a former client of Harbor House, I later became a volunteer for their speaker's bureau and was invited to join their Advisory Board om 2011. I am impressed with the continuing innovation of their programs & services that I've seen over the past 15 years. They are continually expanding their collaborations with other stakeholders in the community and are the "go to" organization in the Orlando area when domestic violence is the topic. The new shelter building, children's center & upcoming kennel on their property are first-rate facilities, and their programs are designed to help victims and their children not merely survive abusive relationships, but thrive victoriously. Finally, their public awareness outreach into our community is extensive - far too involved to be able to detail in this forum.