We are a multi-ethnic, Christian non-profit organization working through God’s grace and mercy to create positive, systemic change for individuals and our community.
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live well and thrive. Unfortunately, people in low-income communities face barriers to such opportunities. Through our programs, we strive to lower these barriers because we believe that every area of human need is important and requires an appropriate response for the well-being of the individual and the community.
Olive Freeman, a school teacher in Oakland and member of First Covenant Church of Oakland, began Harbor House Ministries out of the trunk of her car in 1972. She gathered books, food, clothing, and offered tutoring for her students and their families. Soon she was joined by the local baker, mailman, railroad worker, and more volunteers.
Harbor House was originally incorporated as East Bay National Association of Evangelicals Inner City Ministries. Despite the name change, Harbor House has been carrying out the same mission from the beginning — to bring God’s love to the people of Oakland…