Harbor House’s economic development programs respond to the economic needs of individuals and families in our community—offering a tangible response to immediate needs and strategically planning long-term, viable solutions. Future business development opportunities will focus on wealth creation, breaking the cycle of generational poverty and the creation of business activities that contribute to the health of a community. It is important that every adult have meaningful opportunities to work and earn a decent wage. Harbor House’s business activities will focus on entrepreneurial opportunities that meet the essential economic needs of the participants while strengthening the community.

Emergency Food & Clothing Services

IMG_0477Harbor House staff and volunteers have responded to our neighbors’ needs for food, clothing, and even employment for over 40 years. More than 100,000 people have been served through various outreach, especially through our food and clothing distribution, and job and other service referrals.

Our Emergency Food & Clothing Services program serves low-income families in our community by offering supplies of balanced, nutritional food weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which are handed out by our dedicated volunteers. Families may also browse through our racks of free clothing or through the Harbor House Thrift Store for very affordable quality clothing.

Families call or come to our office to make appointments for food and/or clothing, with a limit of one appointment per month for individual families. At the appointment, we discuss the family’s needs and refer people to a variety of other services in the area (including those at Harbor House).

In 2012, our Emergency Food Services program provided a three-day supply of nutritionally balanced groceries for over 3000 families and over 8000 individuals.

Holiday Programs

Harbor House offers several holiday programs so that low-income families can also celebrate and experience the warmth and cheer of the season. During the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Harbor House offers 80-100 families a turkey along with other food for a full holiday dinner. The Harbor House Christmas Store is an opportunity for low-income parents to purchase, wrap, and take home new toys and gifts to their children at a greatly reduced price. Harbor House also offers a Christmas Adopt-A-Family program, where various individuals, churches, and organizations sponsor children and buy them the Christmas presents on their wishlists.

How You Can Help

Harbor House Programs, including our Emergency Food & Clothing Services, are primarily funded by churches, foundations, and individuals who desire to be a part of serving those in need and seeing the kingdom of God advance in Oakland. You can donate directly to this service through PayPal.                                       IMG_0498