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Safe Today
Empowered Tomorrow

Ocean’s Harbor House provides shelter, support, and services for vulnerable youth and families, empowering them to build successful pathways, relationships, and futures. This has been the cornerstone of our work for 35 years. 

Our Mission

Our Goal, Vision, & Commitment

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Since 1988, Ocean's Harbor House has provided shelter, support, and services to vulnerable youth and families from Ocean and Monmouth Counties in New Jersey, as well as across the entire state.

In many cases, these services can be extended to individuals in need, regardless of their geographic location.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At Ocean’s Harbor House we share the anguish and fear that the history of racism has caused. For decades, Ocean’s Harbor House has provided a safe haven for all youth, regardless of race, gender, national origin or sexual orientation. We provide a continuum of care and support to help our youth overcome obstacles and recover from prior challenges. However, we realize that we can and must do more. We condemn acts of racism and will continue to educate, advocate and shed light on the beauty that is diversity, while encouraging others to do the same.

The youth we serve often come to us scarred by different types of trauma, including trauma resulting from racism and discrimination. At Ocean’s Harbor House, we pledge to do our best to stand side-by-side with those who are discriminated against, misunderstood, silenced and mistreated. We ask you to unite with us to make our society a better place for us all. The youth of today and tomorrow need our help to keep them safe and empowered. 

“Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
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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 and families 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 and families and those that are in crisis.

Your Giving Matters 

Your financial contribution is a sound investment in building foundations and futures for our region’s youth and their families. All donations are tax-deductible and help us sustain and expand programs, facilities and staff. Please email us at for how your gift can make a difference.

Nearly 90% of all contributions go directly to serving youth and their families.

Get Involved

Each year groups help us with our wish list for our residential programs. They also assist with clean up projects, holiday decorating projects and other special projects that occur in different seasons. Your group can help keep the spirit of home alive. Contact us for a list of seasonal projects.

Help Build Bright Futures

Join us throughout the year at our signature events. These events provide opportunities to be a part of our mission throughout the year.
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Ocean's Harbor House is Undergoing a Transformation

Ocean's Harbor House, a long-standing emergency shelter for at-risk youth, is undergoing a transformation due to evolving community needs. The decision to shift from a youth-focused temporary shelter to a family-focused program at our Windsor Avenue location was announced on July 10, 2023. Factors behind this change include rising operational costs, decreased funding, government policies favoring family care, and increased housing insecurity for families. The transition aims to address the changing landscape while maintaining our commitment to serving youth and families in crisis. Services like shelter, crisis hotline, transitional living, family intervention, counseling, and prevention programs will continue, reflecting our dedication to improving the community's well-being.

Recent Press

Jersey Shore Online

Youth Shelter Will Soon Be Serving As Family Shelter

News 12 New Jersey's

Ocean County shelter for runaway kids will reopen in 2024

News 12 New Jersey's

New changes coming to Ocean’s Harbor House shelter as it shifts focus to families

NJ Spotlight News

Emergency youth shelter closes in Ocean County


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