The Harbor House was opened by the Salvation Army in 1991 in San Francisco, California with services designed to provide accessible help for individuals and their families in need of housing and chemical dependency treatment.
A residential treatment program, the Harbor House accommodates single parents and their families for up to two years. The program helps clients get on their feet, find jobs, go to school and rebuild their lives from the bottom up. Programming is based on income and ability to pay due to funding by Rodan and Fields, leaders in the skincare field.
Accommodations and Food
Harbor House is a group of five apartments sharing a single property that can accommodate up to five families. Each unit has two bedrooms—one for the parent and the other for their children. Clients prepare their own food and are responsible for the upkeep of their home. Childcare is available while clients attend activities, go to work or attend school.
A community kitchen is central to the property and clients may select kitchen supplies from the community kitchen and prepare meals for themselves and their children. Each apartment unit has a pantry, living room area and private bathroom. Beds, linens and some supplies are provided for and donated by the Salvation Army. Laundry facilities are shared.
All clients are seen by a nutritionist and are taught how to make nutritious meals for themselves and their families. They may have some coffee, tea and sugary items—but in moderation.
Treatment and Staff
Harbor House is a licensed chemical dependency program that is tailored to specifically help single parents with children or who are working to get their children back. All potential clients must first make an appointment with the staff at Salvation Army for an assessment to determine whether they are well enough to live in the apartments and if they require a medically supervised detox prior to admission (available through the Salvation Army as a separate program from the Harbor House).
Once the client has stabilized or is deemed fit for enrollment, they begin a rigorous program that combines 12-step work and evidence-based practices. Clients attend daily group therapy and 12-step meetings. All residents must get a sponsor and become involved in the 12-step program of their choice through step work. In addition to getting a sponsor, clients also receive individual therapy with their primary therapist. Clients work with their therapist and a case manager to develop life skills and self-sufficiency while fully involved in a recovery community that supports their sobriety.
Services are available that help clients to rebuild and launch into a new life of productivity. Job readiness, school and skill enhancement programs are available. All services and therapeutic activities are facilitated by a staff of CADCs, CSWs and LPCs who have experience working with chemical dependency. Dual diagnosis support is also available. Staff are also qualified to help clients with criminal proceedings, offering advocacy as well as case management services to help individuals retain visitation or custodial rights to their children.
Many family oriented activities are facilitated on the property as are outings to parks and movies. All activities aim to support the building of bonds between parents and their children. Parenting classes are available, as is therapy for children and the family unit as a whole.
The Harbor House offers chemical dependency treatment as well as family services for men, women and their children. Apartment-style housing is available which helps clients develop independent living skills while still supported by a recovery community and credentialed staff. Rebuilding families and creating life-long changes are the goals of the Harbor House and clients may remain in residence for up to two years.
407 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
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