Harbor House is a shelter facility for boys aged 12-17. The main focus of Harbor House is to address the needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families in Kingman and its surrounding rural communities. The program is built on the principles of positive youth development, emphasizing the strength of each individual and family unit served. Harbor House offers temporary shelter for up to 21 days. The center currently has five (5) beds available for emergency shelter. Harbor House also reaches youth through several outreach activities throughout the year. Funding is provided by a grant from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families.
In addition to safe temporary shelter, youth at Harbor House participate in Botvin’s Lifeskills, case management and counselling services. Youth who participate see, on average, a 28% increase in refusal and delay skills to refuse alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.The goal of this program is to develop their life skills so they may become productive, positive community members. Funding for lifeskills, case management and counseling is from the Governor’s Office for Youth, Faith and Family as made available by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Title II formula grant.
“Harbor House provides a safe environment for youth to regroup and chart a new course in their life. Our goal is to place them in a safe, stable living environment,” explains Kelly Tanner, Program Director of Harbor House. Many young adults in Kingman struggle with not only peer pressure, but the effects of increased family conflict, domestic violence and alcohol/substance abuse. Harbor House works with youth and their caregivers to create an individualized life plan to either reunite youth with their families or another trusted adult. Components of the plan may include personal goals, counseling, job skills, drug and alcohol education and academics.