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Our Story


For 35 years, Ocean’s Harbor House has addressed the needs of runaway and homeless youth, while also providing services to young people facing trauma resulting from living in damaging home environments. Youth come to our programs having endured many types of unsafe experiences, causing them to adopt unhealthy behavior patterns, poor coping skills and ill formed plans for the future. Helping them heal and move forward requires a comprehensive response from many different perspectives. With a multilayered menu of programs providing shelter, support and services, we can meet them wherever they are on their journey. Our goal is to help youth rewrite their stories while building stronger foundations and bright futures.

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Founded in June 1985 by a group of concerned citizens and community leaders, Ocean’s Harbor House was created to address the needs of homeless, runaway and abandoned youth in crisis.  In August 1988, the agency opened the emergency youth shelter, providing a safe haven that helped our region’s children leave the streets and abusive and dangerous homes. In 2004, we opened our Supervised Transitional Living Home. Over time the organization has evolved into a multiservice agency that focuses not only on crisis intervention but also on prevention and empowerment. Ocean’s Harbor House has helped tens of thousands of children and their families and has utilized the skills and dedication of hundreds of staff and devoted community leaders, as well as countless volunteers, all of whom are driven to support our mission. Teaching youth to navigate negative and complex barriers so that they can journey toward bright futures has been the cornerstone of our work for over 35 years.


Ocean’s Harbor House provides shelter, support, and services for vulnerable youth, enabling them to unlock their potential by learning skills that empower them to build successful lives, relationships, and futures. This has been the cornerstone of our work for over 35 years.



All youth feel safe, empowered and equipped for successful futures.

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