Originally established in the early 1990s by the Grand Island Ministerial Association, Hope Harbor has always assisted people in poverty. We were incorporated in 1994 as the Central Humanitarian Resource Center, offering gas and motel room vouchers and referral services. Our first homeless shelter sprang from a single-family home on 10th Street, where we remained until we purchased the former Catholic Convent on West Division from Saint Mary’s Cathedral.
After a successful capital campaign in 2007-2008, Hope Harbor completed a major renovation of its facility. These updates included fire sprinkler systems, updated plumbing, new heating and air systems, a renovated kitchen, walled case management offices, new flooring and paint, an education room for classes, ADA accessibility, and a new roof, doors and windows.
In 2015, Hope Harbor launched the “Hope Expanding” capital campaign. Launched in January, we met our 1.6 million goal by August 2015. We proceeded to exceed our goal, ending the campaign with 1.9 million raised. This campaign made it possible to purchase an adjacent building and create the Hope Harbor Service Center. Administrative offices, donation room, and education room were moved to this location and opened in October 2016. The second phase of the campaign took on the remodel of the existing shelter building to create a new Emergency Center wing, kitchen & dining room remodel, and the addition of main floor transitional shelter rooms. The campaign remodel and ribbon cutting occurred in November 2017.
Hope Harbor offers both an emergency shelter and a transitional shelter. The emergency shelter is equipped with 26 beds in five rooms and has a three-quarters ADA accessible bathroom. Emergency shelter services are available from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
The transitional shelter is equipped with 78 beds. One wing is dedicated strictly to families who have entered the transitional program. This wing has several adjoining rooms that are used when accommodating families.
The future is bright for Hope Harbor as we continue to add services and improve our offerings to the homeless. It’s always our goal to “help and hope for a life of self-sufficiency.”