Hope Harbor Helps Struggling Teens


An organization aiming to help struggling teens is taking shape in South Dakota. Hope Harbor will be opening its doors in August of this year.

A building in Parker is now home to Hope Harbor. While there is still some remodeling and work to be done in the next couple months, it will soon be ready to help teens.

“We will be working with teenage boys from ages 12 to 17, and these are kids that aren’t in the system, they haven’t gotten into any major trouble with the law or anything, but this is more of a preventative type ministry to keep them from going into the system,” Parker site director, Jon Setzer said.

Hope Harbor was first started 15 years ago in Marshall, MN.  While the organization currently has two homes serving teenage girls, this one in Parker will be an all boys site.

“They come and live with us for about a year, we are a volunteer replacement, parents seek us out,” executive director, Cindy McKittrick said. “We also have onsite counseling, full time biblical counselor and they meet once a week for group to work on anger management and boundaries.”

Aaron Kilbourn is a pastor at First Baptist Church in Parker. This is something he says will benefit the community.

“I would say for the most part it’s been with welcome and open arms, of course lots of questions wanting to know the history, but they have a great track record and we look forward to them being here,” pastor at First Baptist church, Aaron Kilbourn said.

“We believe if we start now, one child, one family at a time, that we can really make an impact on the next generation,” Setzer said.

The organization is also launching its 28 Days of Hope, which is where people have the opportunity to volunteer or donate.

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