Welcome to Ocean’s Harbor House, a safe haven for youth.
Ocean’s Harbor House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides more than just shelter. Staffed by caring experts, we freely give youth the individualized support they need to begin their healthy, happy, and ultimately successful life’s journey.
Because of generous community donations, support, and involvement, Ocean’s Harbor House provides life assistance for homeless youth or those living in troubled circumstances. Please explore our site by using the menu and please contact us with any questions.
Lowe’s Hero Project
It takes a village! Pictured here are 60 volunteers that came to Ocean’s Harbor House’s emergency youth shelter location the first weekend of November. This was a massive project organized by 8 local Lowe’s stores. They donated over $22,000 retail worth of materials, which contributed to a local version of Extreme Home Makeover.
Exterior: The volunteers first tackled the overgrown shrubs and raked the leaves, then added a border, added mulch, and plants. A flag pole was installed in the front. On the side, the volunteers create a “zen” area where a new patio was laid out. A gazebo, two swings, and picnic tables were donated to complete the area. This spot can be used for a therapy session or a nice quiet area for our residents to relax.
Interior: A brand new fiberglass front door was installed. Hallway and bedrooms were repainted, ceilings re-tiled, and new LED light fixtures were installed. The front bathroom had a complete makeover with new tiles, vanity and counter. The laundry room was entirely redone with a donated washer, dryer, utility sink, cabinet doors, and stairs leading to the attic.
Got all that? The staff sings that list ending with ‘and partridge and a pear tree’! We could not be more grateful at the shelter. This is truly an amazing group of people that were excited to make a positive impact. Thank you, Lowe’s!
2019 Changing Young Lives Gala
On October 18th, the community came together to celebrate the agency’s successes for over 30 years. The accomplishments of Ocean’s Harbor House would not be possible without the support of local individuals and organizations. This year we honored Kenneth J. Malagiere, Executive Director of the Ocean County College Foundation and Owner/Partner of Narcissus Floral, with the Distinguished Citizen Award; Open Arms/ Extended Arms with the Dedicated Service Award; and Ocean County Chosen Board of Freeholders with the Civic Dedication Award.
Youth Scholarship Awarded
Thank you so much to the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation Inc. for supporting one of our residents with a scholarship for ongoing vocal music lessons! The Foundation provides underserved children in our community with the funding and resources needed to attend ongoing lessons in dance, acting, vocal instruction, and instrumental music. Founders Jodi and Melissa Grinwald came to our facility representing the Foundation, pictured with Executive Director John Piscal.
SUEZ Water are regulars here at Ocean’s Harbor House. Not just for regular water maintenance for our buildings, but as volunteers. It’s now tradition for the group to come in and update the landscaping. Pictured on the left is Jane Kunka, Public Affairs Manager of the South Jersey Operations. Her and a team of others took the day off and got their hands dirty. They did a fantastic job with preparing our landscaping for the upcoming fall season when they came in October. They have become more than just our water company; they have become part of the Harbor House family.
We Can ‘Account’ On Holman, Frenia, Allison, P.C.!
Holman, Frenia, Allison, P.C. stopped by in November when most of the leaves have fallen at the Transitional Living Program (TLP) location. The dozen of them swept those leaves up in a matter of minutes! Then, they tackled odd end jobs around the building to update and winterize. This firm represents what makes a local business special. They constantly donate and provide days of service for organizations that serve the community.
Ride for New Beginnings
Ride for New Beginnings has been a long standing fundraiser organized by a large group of volunteers for over 20 years. It has become such a tradition for Ocean’s Harbor House that the children of the OG cyclists are now grown and participating in it. Last week of June 2019, they started at our Transitional Living Program location and headed to Voorhees and then Atlantic City. Then, back to Ocean’s Harbor House where they were greeted with a barbecue by staff and youth residents. For 2020, the bike route will be in Monmouth County. To find out how to sponsor the event or participate as a cyclist, click here: http://www.oceansharborhouse.org/event/ride-for-new-beginnings-2020/