“I drove into the woods alone, I was planning to drink myself to death. Then my sponsor came and found me and brought me back to Souls Harbor.”
Danny is just one of hundreds of men who have found a safe place at Souls Harbor over the last 30 years. That day in the woods was years ago, but you can still find Danny at Souls Harbor. Today he’s there as a staff member helping the men like Les, who is 7 months free from a 29 year meth addiction, find work and encouraging them in their hard moments.
Executive Director, Rachel Cox, says Souls Harbor is a family. It’s easy to see the truth of that if you spend any time there. The men great each other like brothers. They laugh together, work together, and share conversations around the dinner table together. They cry together too. They listen to the hard stuff and offer a place of safety where hearts can grieve and heal and hope again.
Thirty years ago when they opened their doors their main purpose was to serve the community as a shelter for the homeless. Today they still offer men a warm place to sleep at night and a nutritious meal, but they are offering so much more. Souls Harbor is a transitional living facility that provides men a place to get a fresh start. Here they receive job training, life skills classes, mentoring and opportunities to rebuild their lives and reconnect with their families.
One of their current residents, Jared, has recently enrolled in college and has big dreams to enter the world of business. As a foster child he was told he’d never go to college, much less graduate. But now, thanks to the safe environment and loving support of his family at Souls Harbor, Jared’s dream is becoming a reality.
Just this year Soul’s Harbor launched The Mustard Seed. It’s just one of many ways the community can partner with them to support the ongoing ministry. Through their garden the community can purchase farm to market fresh produce at their onsite farm stand and at the Rogers Farmers Market. In addition to the farm stand The Mustard Seed will be offering a variety of food and farming related workshops which are open to the whole community.
Like every nonprofit organization Souls Harbor is in constant need of community support. The husbands, fathers, and young men who come to Souls Harbor are charged nothing for food, shelter, clothes or classes. Souls Harbor relies solely on the support of corporate and private donations and volunteers. And there are many ways to get involved from mentoring, working in the garden, attending a workshop, teaching a life skills class, purchasing fresh produce, or making a donation.
Souls Harbor would love to invite you to come and see how lives are being changed in our community and how your family can partner with them.
You can find out more details about Souls Harbor by calling 479.631.7878 or visiting them online.
This week I got a chance to sit down with some of the residents and staff at Souls Harbor. Listen to their stories here: