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“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for well being, and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope.’”

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV


Harbor House Maternity Home

...has been in operation since 1990 when a group of pro-life visionaries made a down-payment on the former Gibbons Hospital building on Fayette Street in Celina, Ohio.


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The east wing of the building, which originally served as Dr. Gibbons' home (first floor and basement) and the hospital maternity ward, (second floor), was renovated and made ready as living quarters for the house parents and their children and up to six pregnant teens. Harbor House was licensed as a maternity home by the state of Ohio in November of 1994. The first resident moved in New Year's Eve, 1994.

The Setting

In the years since, the non-denominational Christian outreach has been home to dozens of girls, primarily from the region but also from as far away as Texas and Florida. Housing is limited to girls ages 13 to 19 (age exceptions have been made on rare occasions to provide temporary emergency shelter). The girls live with house parents in a family setting that employs Biblical principles of love, discipline and counsel.

The Programming

The programming the girls receive is intended to help them to make mature and informed decisions for themselves and their future as well as for their baby. While living in the home they continue their high school education, take part in church activities and Bible studies that are directed toward youth, and work on developing parenting and independent living skills.

The Counseling

Teen pregnancy outside of the marriage covenant inevitably causes broken or strained relationships among family, friends, and most importantly, with God. Restoration of those relationships is a goal of the counseling at Harbor House which is based on the sufficiency of God's Word to change and restore lives that have been damaged by sin. Most counseling does not take place in a sterile office but day by day, moment by moment.


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