Our History


Harbor House was founded in 1972 by Olive Freeman, a fourth grade teacher in Oakland who noticed that some of her students lacked basic necessities.

Motivated by her strong faith and a desire to love her neighbor, Olive gathered food, clothing, and books and began handing them out to her students from the trunk of her car. She also began tutoring her students after-school and soon she was joined by the local baker, postal carrier, and other volunteers from her church.

Before long, the East Bay National Association of Evangelicals Inner City Ministries was formed, which later became Harbor House Ministries.  What started out as a handful of caring volunteers responding to the needs they saw in the community, is now a multi-faceted Christian community development organization offering hope and transformation to thousands of under-resourced youth and families.


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