Hope Harbor will be hosting a dinner and dessert auction starting at 6 p.m. April 12 at the Wabasso Community Center.

At the dinner and dessert auction those who attend will be inspired by Doug Daub, father of a Hope Harbor alumnus, entertained by students from Wabasso High School and will learn more about Hope Harbor from Cindy McKittrick, executive director.

Hope Harbor is a non-profit Christian ministry organization committed to restoring families and is licensed by Minnesota Department of Human Services as a Residential Group Home, Children’s Residential Facility.

Hope Harbor serves girls ages 12-17, who are not pregnant or chemically dependent, who live within about a three-hour driving radius from Hope Harbor’s two locations in Marshall and Winona. Many of the girls have experienced behaviors that have caused disruption in their lives and the lives of others.

Some of these young girls suffer from self harm, depression, eating disorders, anxiety problems, sexual abuse and exploitation, self-esteem issues, bullying, anger and aggression, pornography, promiscuity including online, legal trouble, problems at home, runaway, past abuse and other self destructive behaviors.

Some may simply label these young girls as “bad kids”or “troubled kids.”

Yet, Hope Harbor doesn’t like labels. 

While the behaviors and situations mentioned above may be commonplace for many teens, that doesn't make it “normal” or “okay.” Hope Harbor focuses on getting these girls to thrive.

Hope Harbor’s mission is focused on these young girls as children of God, created with a plan and a purpose, overcoming the attack on their lives and their families through the blood of Jesus Christ.

They are just like everyone else and have gone through their own personal battles.

Hope Harbor offers a hand that will guide participants into the right direction.

Hope Harbor is an interdenominational, Christ-centered and biblically based ministry. Residents live on-site, while their parents and family participate in the healing process through commitment to individual counseling and group parenting class, participation in weekly visits, passes and phone calls, agreement and adherence to policy and guidelines for program duration and support of their child's healing.

In these ways, the entire family works together to make positive changes, so the transition back is into a home of reconciliation and healing. Many parents discover that as their teen settles in to the program, they needed healing, too.

Hope Harbor receives no government funding and relies on tuition, sponsorships, fundraising activities and private donations, as well as fundraisers, such as the dinner and dessert auction, to cover all operating costs.

The public is welcome to attend Hope Harbor’s dinner and dessert auction April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Wabasso Community Center. Tickets are $15 per ticket, or $100 for a table of eight. A dinner of fish, roast beef, potato, coleslaw, dinner roll and beverage will be served by Baune’s Catering.

The dessert auction will follow the dinner where table mates will work as a team and “pool” money together to bid on one of the delicious desserts to then share and enjoy at their table. For tickets contact Cindy McKittrick at (507) 530-5777, or purchase tickets at Integrity Plus Bank or Wabasso Public School district office April 7.