Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, Stone County’s only shelter for battered women and their children, is setting out on its own, with 32 years of experience as its guide. Having been under the direction of Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake since 1985, the domestic violence center has filed an application with the Internal Revenue Service to become a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. “Harbor
House has done a phenomenal job of protecting women and children from the transgressions of domestic violence,” says Larry Leek, Christian Associates CEO. “We are confident our knowledgeable, compassionate staff is more than ready to leave the nest.”
Christian Associates started its victim services program after seeing a rise in domestic violence in the mid-80s. For many years, hotel rooms and apartments donated by area businesses were used to house women and children who had been victimized. In January 2008, Christian Associates relocated its program to the shores of Table Rock Lake, where residents were safely housed in condominiums. Harbor House residents enjoyed renewed strength and newfound hope for a life free from violence in their new, serene environment. In June 2015, Christian Associates established a permanent home for Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, convenient to the organization’s supporting offices.
As its own entity, Harbor House will continue to provide a safe environment for the women and children of Stone County, as well as those from across the country. “Domestic violence is present in every community,” says Vicki Trump, Executive Director of Harbor House. “Why limit our services to one county when we can help thousands more women and children who need us.”
With processing underway at the Federal level, Harbor House held its first Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 2. New Board members include Angie Langston, Michelle Rippee, Chairman, Janet Beeler, Reina Daleske, and Dr. Debra Williams. “We are so pleased to have such a wonderful Board,” says Trump. “These ladies are all outstanding members of our community and will be a valuable asset to Harbor House. We look forward to their input as we embark on our new journey.”
Harbor House Domestic Violence Center is monitored 24 hours a day, by a comprehensive security system and staff members who work around the clock to provide assistance and support. Women in abusive relationships are encouraged to call the Center’s 24-hour hotline, at 1.877.507.7233.