The creation of Hope Harbor was inspired by three important experiences in the recent
history of Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.
One is the ongoing operation of the 40W Assistance and Referral Center (40W A&R). The
ecumenically operated 40W A&R has served the local neighborhoods (primarily zip codes
21229 and 21207) for seventeen years, providing various forms of emergency aid such as
food, cash assistance for electricity or rent problems, and referrals to local providers of other
social services. Seeing people use their services repeatedly led to an understanding that an
additional, different type of support was needed.
A second experience came from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - Saint Bartholomew's
responded to this disaster by supporting a family relocated from New Orleans. Over two
years, the goals/needs of this family were met through a church-based network of volunteer
support. This support included housing, finding quality childcare and education, counseling,
job placement, financial assistance, and enrollment in higher education to continue the
mother's pursuit of a career in the medical profession. This effort culminated in directly
supporting the renovation of the family's home in New Orleans so they could return.
The final motivation for Hope Harbor came from the Saint Bartholomew's Strategic Plan.
One of the three strategic imperatives specified in this plan is the following; "To demonstrate
Christ's reconciling presence in the 40 West communities, we will establish, support, and
use a faith-centered Community Development Corporation to ensure the economic and
social well-being of our neighbors." Fulfilling this strategic imperative directly led to the
creation of Hope Harbor. Our vision began to take shape in 2009; a founding board was
established and we articulated the Vision, Mission and Core Values for our Community
Service Organization. We also determined that although St. Bartholomew's would support
Hope Harbor, the two entities would also be separate and distinct. Hope Harbor became a
501© 3 organization in late 2010.
Hope Harbor History
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