You heard it here! After providing residential services to teens and their families for ten years as House of Hope Minnesota, this fall 2015, we are making the transition to our new name, Hope Harbor!
The History of Hope
In the summer of 2002, the vision of providing a home that is a place of refuge for healing teens was given to founders Claudia Stenson, Carla Reynolds, & Karen Wiener. In September of 2003, the three attended training at National HOH in Orlando, FL, after hearing about House of Hope through a Women of Faith Conference.
In December of 2003, House of Hope Minnesota was incorporated. In March of 2004, we received our 501 (C)3 nonprofit status. At the end of July 2005, the day before a Minnesota government shutdown, we were licensed by MN DHS as a residential group home, despite initially being told that would never happen unless we changed our operation from “Christ centered” to “faith based.” Our founders stood firm, and the Lord came through!
In November of 2005 the first residents arrived on site for services. For the next ten years, we provided services to teens and their families in our residential setting through school, spiritual growth, counseling, life skills training, and parenting classes. In November of 2015, House of Hope Minnesota began the transition to Hope Harbor, allowing us to operate exclusively on a local level in the same capacity to which we are called.
We are so thankful for the past ten years operating as House of Hope Minnesota. The support of our faithful donors, prayer warriors, sister houses, volunteers, and more has allowed us to bring the gospel to the hearts of these teens and their families, forever changing their lives.
We are excited for what the Lord has in store for the next ten years and beyond as we venture into the call under our new name, Hope Harbor!
Stay tuned in the weeks ahead as we update our website, Facebook page, and blog, and be sure to look for our new logo, to debut soon!--miss melissa