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Hope Harbor Teen Shelter Programs

Hope Harbor is a unique, preventive-care program providing temporary housing (12-18 months), mental health care, academic support, and all basic necessities to at-risk, runaway, or homeless teens in Orange County.

Sea Glass Girls Home

Hope Harbor Sea Glass is an award-winning, family-centered, six-bed home, nestled in a cozy, residential neighborhood. The home serves teen girls, ages 12-17, who are at risk of running away, homelessness, criminalization, or human trafficking.

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Rip Tide Boys Home

Hope Harbor Rip Tide is an exciting, new, family-centered, six-bed home, located in a beautiful, residential neighborhood for teen boys, ages 12-17, who are at risk of running away, homelessness, criminalization, or human trafficking.

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Hope Harbor serves at-risk teens who:
  • Are willing, with their parents/legal guardians, to participate in the Hope Harbor program together and work towards family reunification
  • Are 12-17 years old
  • May have one or more of the following:
    • Have a history of running away or homelessness
    • Have behavioral and/or educational struggles
    • Experiment with drugs or alcohol
    • Show signs of depression and/or erratic behavior
    • Need a temporary break from their families due to tense circumstances at home
Unfortunately, teens are not eligible if they:
  • Are emancipated minors
  • Are in need of medical detoxification
  • Present a clear danger to themselves or others
  • Are pregnant

Intake Process

The intake process begins with a phone call from either the teen in crisis or the parents/legal guardians. Both the teenager and the parents must be willing to participate fully in the Hope Harbor program. The House Parents will conduct interviews with the teen and parents to determine eligibility and suitability for the program. Call (714) 832-0207 for more information or to initiate the process.

Orange County Rescue Mission

(714) 247-4300

California Youth Services (CYS)

(949) 303-9016

Girls United Together for Strength (GUTS)

(714) 730-0838

Orange County 211

Dial 2-1-1 or 888-600-4357

The Raise Foundation

(949) 757-3635 ext. 128

Community Service Programs (CSP)

(714) 842-6600

Mary’s Shelter – for pregnant teenagers

(714) 730-0930

Rainbow Resource Directory

(800) 440-4780

Turning Point Counseling

(800) 998-6329

Casa Youth Shelter

(714) 995-8601

Waymakers Shelter

(949) 250-0488

Yes, the success of the Hope Harbor program depends on the family’s involvement with their teen. Because our goal is family reunification, we want to bring healing and restoration to the whole family. A parent or legal guardian is required to participate in family counseling twice a month and work on a family reunification plan with their teen throughout the program.

Teens stay anywhere from 12-18 months. However, if a teen does not have a stable, healthy living environment to return to, Hope Harbor may allow them to stay in the program until they transition directly to college.

Hope Harbor is the only long-term (12-18 months) youth shelter program for at-risk teens in Orange County. Hope Harbor is also the only shelter program that provides live-in House Parents in a family-like, home environment, rather than a shift rotation of staff. Additionally, Hope Harbor provides mental health resources and college readiness services.

Please discuss potential fees with our admissions team at (714) 832-0207. However, we never turn away teens in need due to lack of financial resources.

Each home serves six teens at a time and an average of 12 teens per year. Approximately 90% of teens successfully reunify with their families or are referred to a higher level of care. After teens graduate from our program, they remain part of the Hope Harbor family and can continue to receive service referrals and attend alumni events.

Teens at Hope Harbor are required to attend the local public schools. Hope Harbor provides transportation to school, extracurricular activities, tutoring, and SAT/ACT prep classes

Because the goal of Hope Harbor is family reunification, family visits are required as part of the reunification plan.

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