I am a pastor who teaches grace and forgiveness. I encourage many to step out of their old lifestyle and trust God enough to be loved and become transformed by the “renewing of your mind.” I am the pastor of The Harbor. This week we celebrate signing our lease at 55 W. King St. five years ago! When we first opened, we just wanted to simply provide a place for people to go who didn't want to or could not be around alcohol. We were wanting to create a “Cheers without Beers” environment; where everybody knows your name. We did this with a lot of community support. After our first year open, we came to know people's stories, see the opioid crisis up close and personal, and also came to the realization that we needed to help people get back on their feet. Too many, prior to drug rehabilitation treatment, have destroyed their family relationships, slept on the couches of active users, or were in their cars and had no resources, no healthy place to return once they made the decision to get help. We bought the building that we rented because it has two apartments upstairs, and we took on the responsibility to aid men who were ready for their second chance in life.
Our recovery house has been open for 18 months.