History

Founded in June, 1985 by a group of concerned citizens and community leaders, Ocean’s Harbor House was created to address the needs of an emerging population: homeless youth.

Click here for a 1987 article on the beginnings of Ocean’s Harbor House.

On August 8, 1988, the agency opened the doors to our Emergency Youth Shelter on Windsor Ave. in Toms River to provide a safe haven for five youth to help get them off the streets and out of abusive and dangerous homes. Through planned strategic activities, the agency has witnessed significant growth throughout its many years of operation to address the evolving needs of children and youth.

In 2004, the agency expanded to another location on Conifer St. in Toms River and began to house youth in the Supervised Transitional Living Program (STLP). Once again, thanks to the generous support of the community, a 12-bed facility was constructed and currently houses youth ages 16-21.

Since then, two Ocean County programs have been added: the Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU) and Electronic Monitoring (EM). These programs have enabled Ocean’s Harbor House to become a complete youth social services agency.

For more information on all of our current services, please visit our programs page.

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