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Learn About Boys & Girls Harbor
Today, boys and girls live in eleven residential cottages, each of which is staffed by house parents, many of whom have children of their own. The expansive campus offers ample space for playing fields and recreational areas, as well as a working farm.
Children grow up best when raised as members of loving families. When, through no fault of their own, children become victims of abuse and neglect at home, Boys & Girls Harbor is there to help. The Harbor does not replace a child's parents. It does, however, provide a warm, caring and structured environment that will help kids grow into productive, self-confident adults.
- Serving the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, Boys & Girls Harbor welcomes children in need regardless of race, creed, color or financial status.
- Licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Harbor is home for approximately 70 children.
- The Harbor touches the lives of over 100 children each year and has cared for over 2,000 children since it first opened.
- The average age of Harbor residents is 10 to 12 years old, with an even 50/50 gender distribution.
- In 2008, 77% of the Harbor children had a grade average of "B" or higher.
- The campus includes a working farm and 4-H program.
- Harbor alumnae are lawyers, business owners, teachers, professionals, community leaders and proud members of the Armed Services.
- The Harbor is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which receives support only from the private sector, including grants and gifts from foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals.
- The Harbor is not a United Way funded agency, and receives no federal grants. With an annual cost of $27,000 per child, low by national standards, the Harbor must raise over one million dollars a year in order keep its doors open.
- The Harbor's annual cost per child is considered low by national standards.