Hope Harbor brings new service for at-risk girls

Hope Harbor will open an inter-denominational Christian group home in summer 2017, providing an intensive family restoration program to at-risk girls ages 13 to 17.

The nonprofit organization expands from its original location in Marshall, offering services to communities within a three-hour radius of this location.

Hope Harbor’s program includes counseling for residents and families, parenting classes, independent living skills, and on-site education.

The staff provides help for teens and their families who have experienced difficulty resulting from destructive circumstances such as abuse, exploitation, interpersonal conflicts, and self-destructive behaviors.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before age 18. Abuse leads to disruptions in development, and greater risk for mental health and behavioral issues lasting into adulthood.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) reports that 25 percent of public school ninth-graders have considered killing themselves, and 25 percent have hurt themselves on purpose.

Hope Harbor Winona is in early stages of development, and welcomes volunteers with applicable skills and donations, both monetary and in-kind.

The organization is licensed by the State of Minnesota and receives no government funding, operating as an independent ministry with no direct church affiliation.

Contributions can be made through its website at www.hopeharbormn.org or by mailing a gift to Hope Harbor, PO Box 353, Winona, MN 55987.