Human Services

Hope Harbor, Inc.

Restoring Hope. Transforming Lives.

aka Hope Harbor Children's Home & Family Ministries

Claremore, OK


When families struggle, Hope Harbor’s uniquely inclusive residential program provides hope for reconciliation. Offering a fully accredited on-site academy, structured residential life, mental health treatment, and a program of Intentional Hope for parents, we bridge the divide between hurting teens and their families.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Hope Harbor is an immersive trauma-responsive Family Reconciliation program built on a foundation of faith and excellence. Hope Harbor’s program is unique in being Christ-centered, evidence-based, and comprehensively aimed at Family Reconciliation. The primary need we have identified at this time is a need for programs which not only care for children, but also work intensively with parents in order to assist the entire family in making changes that will result in lasting reconciliation. The current incarnation of our program is designed to address this need. This model is effective with children who are in the custody of their parents/guardians, who are involved with the Juvenile Authority, and those who are in foster care (for children who are in foster care, an identified individual for reconciliation is required). We find that our children come from a variety of backgrounds but but share significant exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences with an average of 7.2.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Dr. Bob Whiddon

Main Address

PO Box 1047

Claremore, OK 74018 USA

Formerly Known As

Turley Children's Home

Hope Harbor Children's Home and Academy


Hope Harbor, school, Church of Christ, children's homes, Oklahoma, child, family reconciliation, foster care





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Foster Care (P32)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Families come to Hope Harbor for many reasons, but generally families seek placement when they are tired, discouraged and seeking hope. They've tried individual counseling, family counseling, and the other resources available in their community but their child continues to make poor choices and struggle. They need something less than a hospital, but more than their family home.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Family reconciliation and reunification

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Hope Harbor serves families with children ages 12-17 who have experienced traumatic events or adverse childhood experiences and who are making poor choices which negatively impact their personal and family lives. They do not present a current risk of harm to self or others, are not currently in withdrawal from substances, are not actively psychotic, and are able to function in our family-like cottage environment. The child and family must be willing to actively participate in our program with the goal of reconciliation. We are able to work with families who have OJA or OKDHS involvement.

Hope Harbor offers an immersive family reconciliation program designed to give your family the tools and support you need to navigate the storm, so you can enjoy peace and hope in your home. Hope Harbor serves adolescents and their families in our comprehensive residential program which is built on a foundation of faith and excellence.
Cottage Life: Six youth live with each of our Residential Life Specialist couples. The cottage life is structured, consistent, trauma-responsive and faith-based. Our Growing in Character model encourages character development while providing opportunities to practice new skills and develop new patterns of behavior. Residents work through our self-paced Growing in Character model over a period of nine months to two years.
Hope Harbor Academy: All residents attend Hope Harbor Academy, our high quality accredited on-site school. Hope Harbor Academy provides responsive individualized instruction with low teacher:student ratios, allowing our residents the opportunity to remedy academic deficits with our certified teachers.
Quality Counseling: All residents participate in individual, group and family counseling provided by our highly trained staff of Licensed Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists. Our consistent in-depth counseling allows residents to successfully work through past difficulties and current struggles while gaining the skills needed to navigate life and relationships. All interventions at Hope Harbor are evidence based. Counseling is directed toward individual and family successes with the ultimate goal of family reconciliation.
Intentional Hope: During the resident's time with us, parents/guardians remain actively involved with regular USPS mail, phone calls, and pass time, and remain responsible meeting their child's medical and personal needs. Simultaneously, parents/guardians participate in family counseling, parent workshops and our Intentional Hope program. Intentional Hope is the family's part of the work, an intensive program addressing parenting, family dynamics, vision development, and creating new patterns, which helps prepare the home environment for a successful reconciliation.
Aftercare: Hope Harbor offers an Aftercare program for all of our graduates. We keep in touch for three years after graduation, and longer if the family desires, to track outcomes and offer case management and counseling as needed.

Long history of serving families since 1947.
Highly trained personnel: academically, experience, and continuing ed.
Licensed and thoroughly inspected by the state of Oklahoma department of human services.
Financially stable.

We measure our progress and success in several ways:
Weekly team meetings.
Monthly staff meetings.
Monthly reviews of our Residential Life Specialists.
Quarterly board meetings.
Annual financial audit.
Exit interviews with clients and family.
Annual connects with former clients to gauge family resilience.
Four visits/inspections from OKDHS.
Annual Fire Marshall inspection.
Unannounced OK Health Dept. food prep inspections.

Hope Harbor has an 87% success rate in reconciling and reuniting families where the client has graduated the program.
We are one of a handful of organizations fully dedicated to family reconciliation and reunification across the nation. There is a waiting list of clients and many more families who call only to find we are full with at least a 6 month waiting list and they decide to move on to other options. Therefore we have raised $1.1 million to build 2 additional cottages. Ground breaking is scheduled for fall of 2018.
Our service curriculum has been heralded as a model for other programs to adopt. As such, we have developed the curriculum to offer to other programs across the nation. The curriculum is called The Hope Harbor Community.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We recently added a parent step-program that couples nicely with our resident step-program after hearing how much the parents enjoyed being more involved and learning more skills to build positive relationships with their children during the time at Hope Harbor. Our goal is to reconcile families so now our program encompasses that dream even more by having the parents be involved as much as possible and in positive ways. We have found that it brought our entire program to a higher level of customer service and increased our ability to help build lasting results.

External Reviews


Christian Schools International 2015

Affiliations & Memberships

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) 2019



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