Mary was a staff member in the 1980s,1990s, and 2000s.
Q: What is a favorite memory of your time at Harbor House?
A: One of (many!) favorite stories is when we were able to acquire the current building by only assuming the remaining mortgage from the boy's home that it had been. We had grown out of our original duplex house on E. 10th Street where Olive Freeman started near the elementary school (used to be called Lazear). We were like kids in a candy shop running through the 4-story new-to-us Harbor House, claiming rooms for a future youth ministry, or the food pantry, or our offices. From 1990 to the early 2000's we struggled to fix some of the major construction problems when finally we landed a spot on a "This Old House" type of fixer-upper reality t.v. show. One of the highlights of the filming was breaking open the 3 wall safes and one walk-in safe to see what might be in them -- riches to fund our future ministry? Lot's of mystery, lots of build-up, lots of showmanship, and a professional safe cracker later.... nothing but a feather and a pencil.
Q: What is something you learned or experienced for the first time at Harbor House?
A: My life and career was changed by walking alongside participants, eating in their homes, attending their family events, having Bible studies with them, hiring many to work at HH.
Q: What is the biggest way Harbor House impacted your life?
A: Our staff Bible studies and retreats helped to understand who God was calling me to be.
Q: What are you up to these days?
A: Joel Mackey (a former HH Executive Director) and I have raised 3 children, the youngest who is a sophomore in high school. Two of our youngest came to work with me as babies. I am a consultant for nonprofits who are working toward community wellness (economic, physical, spiritual, educational). I am also steadily developing a program to facilitate trauma healing in natural settings.