In 1985, Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake, a nonprofit, community service organization headquartered in Kimberling City, Missouri, recognized a rise in domestic violence and a need for victim services. Thus, Harbor House Domestic Violence Center was born. Christian Associates continued to nurture its domestic violence program for the next 22 years, sheltering victims of both domestic violence and sexual assault in nearby hotel rooms and apartments, graciously donated by area businesses.
In January 2008, Christian Associates relocated the program’s women and children to the shores of Southwest Missouri’s beautiful Table Rock Lake. They were safely housed in condominiums in Southern Stone County for the next six years.
Harbor House residents enjoyed renewed strength and newfound hope for a life free from violence in their serene environment. In June 2015, Christian Associates established a permanent home for Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, convenient to the organization’s supporting offices.
Having served thousands of women and children with kindness and compassion under Christian Associates’ direction, Harbor House set sail in June 2017, with 32 years of experience as its guide. Stone County’s only domestic violence shelter filed paperwork with the State of Missouri to become its own entity and will soon serve as a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on protecting women and children from the throes of domestic violence.
It has been a year of changes for sure, for all of us. Full of challenges from the pandemic on top of the normal challenges of helping those who have been affected by the Domestic Violence they have experienced or witnessed.
Harbor House Domestic Center started fully running as its own entity as of January 1, 2020. We have a new Board Chairman and Co-chairman, some new, some existing board members, a new Executive Director, a new Project/Grant Coordinator/Fiscal Manager and a very passionate, experienced Advocate team who are all working together to help survivors and children of Domestic/Sexual Violence heal from the brokenness they have endured.