Thank You's // Creative Arts Donation

The Harbor House is super excited about our new outreach- A Creative Arts & Life Skills Center for teen girls in our community! The apartment will also provide independent living at an affordable rent for two college age females, giving them the opportunity to be a mentor to the younger girls who participate in The Resource Center.

"Current after school programs are limited, if not obsolete, in the area of creative arts exploration and hands-on life skills training. We will offer a unique venue for teen girls to interact, especially those not inclined towards sports or other extracurricular activities."

Click through to read more about the program!

As part of our need for the teen center, we had a myriad of wonderful donations given to us:

  • Heggs Furniture in downtown Hart Michigan donated approximately $3,000 in beautiful furnishings for the apartment the center activities will be held in.
  • The LeBarge-Beeber Family Fund donated $1,000 in response to The Community Needs Wish List to help purchase needed appliances for the culinary classes that will be part of the center as well.
  • We also received a $2,500 grant from The Carol Foundation to replace windows. The window replacement was done with excellence, through a local contractor- Reed Custom Construction.
  • Another $1,690 was given as a grant from the Oceana Youth fund and the Child Neglect and Abuse Prevention fund of the Community Foundation for Oceana County. This generous gift was used to purchase all the major kitchen appliances for the Teen Girls Resource Center. 

We feel so blessed to have such an amazing support team and we thank God for surrounding us with such loving friends. 



Tiny Miracles

As anyone from Michigan knows we have some of the worst winters ever. Michigan weather is just spastic, kind of like a moody teenager. This particular winter has been no different with it's wild fluctuations between "Wow this is so nice, I don't even need my coat today" and "Well I'm wearing so many layers I look like a marshmallow and I still think I might freeze to death, let's stay inside and watch Netflix instead."

It was halfway between no-coat warmth and human marshmallow chill when the boiler at the Harbor House decided to rest from it's labors and went rejoicing out of this world, to my great dismay. A house full of girls coming home to a cold house in the middle of winter would surely end in complaints and dramatically overstated suffering- the kind only a teenage girl can truly portray. As I stood there on the phone with Luke, staring mournfully at the now useless boiler and wondering nervously about the cost of a new one, I had no idea that this particular need had already been answered. 

A month before this Luke and Eva had put on the Community Needs Wish List the need for a new boiler. Not because ours was failing, but because it was old and it made sense to update it eventually. The tiny miracle is that God knew our boiler would die on us and put it upon the hearts of the JT Sackett Memorial Fund to answer this wish. Their donation of $5,000 not only complete floored us, but it also covered 97% of the cost for our brand new boiler, which was installed only a week after our old one broke down. Thankfully Luke was able to find a number of portable radiators for us to use in the days before the new one was installed, though the chill still caused varying degrees of dramatics from each girl in turn. 

All of us at the Harbor House would simply like to extend our immense thanks to Adams Heating & Cooling for installing our new boiler, and for the generosity of the JT Sacket Fund, for answering a much needed wish and warming our hearts! (pun intended)



Thank You's // Carriage House Project


This past weekend we got an absolutely monumental jump on one of our biggest projects- restoring the carriage house! During our volunteer work day the Wolter's brothers from Wolter's Electric, Inc. helped Luke completely re-shingle the carriage house roof. We feel so blessed to have had such a great group of guys volunteer their time to this ministry and we want to extend to them a very special thank you! 

Also donated to the project were materials from ABC Supply in Muskegon & Certainteed. Thank you so much for making this project possible! Donated items included shingles, roofing, and other materials. 

If you would like to stay up-to-date on the renovations to the carriage house and see more progress photos, click here to go to our projects page!