To reflect the love of Christ to our community by helping, empowering and loving those in need, especially the homeless and displaced, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The glorification of our Heavenly Father by our community realizing that, regardless of socioeconomic status, we are ALL in need of God’s Grace.
A small group of people got together in 2003 with the desire to assist women and children in the Four Rivers Valley who found themselves homeless or at risk of being homeless. Not only did this group want to address the issue of housing, but also other areas which may be creating barriers to the client maintaining stable housing, such as past due bills, unstable employment history, lack of basic needs like food and clothing and chronic family crisis.
Also, this group wanted to address the lack of support system prevalent in the homeless population. With a desire to inspire and enable area churches to fill this gap in people’s lives, Harvest House began coordinating their efforts with local congregations.
Obtained 501 (c)(3) non profit and incorporated, registering as Harvest House Missions, Inc. Formed a seven member board of directors consisting of local Christians involved in varied aspects of the community.
Received a Tri-County United Fund grant to operate a single unit of emergency housing in Ontario. This unit had a 60 day maximum stay and over the two years Harvest House operated the unit, 28 families were able to access emergency housing. Harvest House began operating the USDA Summer Lunch Program with one site in Ontario.
Harvest House received funds from the Harney Malheur County Community Action Agency, FEMA, and Tri-County United Fund to continue. We were excited to be given the former Nyssa Assembly of God Church to use as a women’s shelter. Progress is being made to get the shelter up and running in 2008. The Summer Food Service Program grew to two sites in Ontario.
Harvest House was approached by the Malheur Commission on Children and Families about operating the Runaway and Homeless Youth program for Malheur County. Harvest House Missions began the SEASON Youth Program. In its first year, 484 youth accessed the Drop-In center and 52 youth were case managed. Harvest House began operating the Cold Night Shelter for the homeless. This program is housed at the First Christian Church in Ontario. The Summer Food Service Program served 4600 lunches to youth ages 1-18.
Harvest House Missions continues to grow, moving into a new location with much needed space, and adding staff to assist in it’s ever expanding programs. Although some plans, such as the shelter in Nyssa and the Thrift Store have failed to survive, Harvest House Missions continues to hone it’s focus and be open to the leading of God for the future.
The SEASON Youth Program received a federal grant to operate the TurnAround program for youth suspended or expelled from school. The Runaway and Homeless Youth program was recognized for being one of the top three sites in the state. The Summer Food Service Program expanded to five sites, including one in Vale and one at the Boys & Girls Club in Ontario.
2011 saw the opening of the Hospitatlity House Day Shelter serving the homeless with hot showers, food, and other basic needs. Steps were taken to increase case management for the Transitional Housing program for young women with a move to a new supervised location. Food programs continue to grow with the addition of a supper program at the Boys & Girls Club. The number of meals served through Harvest House Missions food programs topped 34,000 in 2011.
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