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. These teens have experienced challenging situations that can include:substance abuse, mental health issues, abuse, bullying, gang exposure, and even suicidal ideation. More than temporary relief, these teen boys need the opportunity to address the deeper-rooted issues behind their state of crisis and be fully empowered to change the trajectory of their lives. Hope Harbor is the only youth shelter program in Orange County that operates as a Christ-centered, family-based therapy home environment with a good neighbor approach and provides live-in House Parents with full-time supervision of the teens at all times. Each teen receives individual and family counseling, mental health care treatment and referrals, academic support, drug and alcohol prevention education, and life enrichment opportunities focused on college readiness and independent living skills.
At Hope Harbor, we are providing at-risk teen boys a safe, structured and loving home where they can find solace from the emotional “rip tides” of life and focus on healing and restoration.
Brandon Towns is our new live-in House Dad for the Rip Tide Boys Home and lives there with his wife, Jewel Nelson. Jewel comes with 8 years of experience working in social services and is pursuing her Master of Social Work at Arizona State University. Brandon continues to serve as a young adult pastor, shepherding at-risk youth while he pursues his Biblical Theology and Business degree. He will use his experiences and faith to champion the lives of the boys.
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