Orange County Rescue Mission has recently announced that its Hope Harbor Rip Tide Program is now open. The program is designated to act as a safe haven for at risk teen boys who may be experiencing homelessness, unsafe living environments, or criminalization, among other life altering experiences.
According to Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, the program accepts teen boys between the ages of 12 to 17 who have experienced challenging situations that can include substance abuse, mental health issues, abuse, bullying, gang exposure, and even suicidal ideation.
“These teen boys need more than just temporary relief,” says Palmer. “They need the opportunity to address the deeper-rooted issues behind their state of crisis and be fully empowered to change the path in which their lives are going.”
The organization has been actively working to keep at-risk teens safe and off the streets since 1985. In fact, for the last 18 years, it was focused on serving teen girls and the existing home was recently rebranded from Laurel House to Hope Harbor Sea Glass.
“We wanted to continue our mission in tirelessly keeping at-risk teens safe, which is why we decided to open a second shelter home for teen boys,” says Palmer. “With the new name Hope Harbor, we are embracing who we have always been: an anchor of hope for teens in crisis.”
The program, which provides live-in House Parents with full-time supervision of the teens, offers individual and family counseling, mental health care treatment and referrals, academic support, drug and alcohol prevention education, and life enrichment experiences focused on college readiness and independent living skills.
To refer someone to Hope Harbor Rip Tide, or to request more information, please call 714-832-0207 or email [email protected]
About Orange County Rescue Mission
Orange County Rescue Mission’s goal is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities.
The Rescue Mission was formed as a faith-based organization in 1963. Since that time, the Rescue Mission has shared hope through Jesus Christ to those without hope in Orange County. Our programs are designed to give comprehensive services that move homeless men, women, veterans, and children to self-sufficiency. Its programs and dedication to going above and beyond have earned the organization numerous recognitions including Charity Navigator’s highest rating of 4 stars.
To make a donation or inquire about volunteer opportunities with Orange County Rescue Mission, please contact (714) 247-4300 or visit www.rescuemission.org.