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Programs and Services


In existence for over 50 years, the Harbor Light Complex has been a beacon of hope and help, providing services to the most disenfranchised members of society including homeless men, women and children, the alcoholic, the drug addict, and the felon.
Founded in 1949 as a 10-bed program for homeless, alcoholic men, Harbor Light had an annual budget of $11,000.  In 1970, the facility moved from its original location on Eagle Avenue to the current site at 1710 Prospect Avenue.  Today the operating budget for the Harbor Light Complex is in excess of $7.5 million.




Current Program success rates: (Jan. 2011)

Alcohol Drug Addiction Services – Approximately 75% of clients move on to the next level of care.  The national average is 50%.
P.A.S.S. Program – More than 63% of men obtain permanent housing, about 50% secure jobs.  Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expectations for transitional housing is 63%.
Community Corrections Program – 70% of the clients secure employment, 70% successfully complete the program.  The average for successful completions in the State of Ohio is 55%.
Electronic Monitoring – 70% of clients complete the program.  The entire State of Ohio averages 58%.
Zelma George Family Emergency Shelter – 65% of families achieve residential stability.  Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expectations for transitional housing is 61%.
Community Corrections Program – About 88% of the clients successfully complete the program.     

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Alcohol Drug Addiction Services

Harbor Light’s detoxification and intensive outpatient program offer exceptional clinical care at a fraction of the cost of hospital or clinic treatment.  Both programs are certified by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.  Over 1,500 individuals are assisted each year.  HIV/AIDS Early Intervention/Education is an integral component of this program. Upon receiving medically supervised detoxification services, approximately 75% of the clients move on to the next level of care.

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s detoxification and intensive outpatient program, please contact Jim Haber at (216) 781-3773 or email at Jim.Haber@use.salvationarmy.org

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Chapel Service

Salvation Army officers provide spiritual guidance and support that reinforces the recovery and rehabilitation process.  Traditional Sunday worship services, a Gospel Meeting on Thursday evening, and weekly Bible discussion groups compliment Harbor Light’s therapeutic environment.

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s Chapel Services, please contact Major Dorothy Lykes at (216) 781-3773 or email at Dorothy.Lykes@use.salvationarmy.org

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Community Corrections Program (Men)

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction licenses Harbor Light to supervise the effective transition of ex-offenders from penal institutions back into the community.  Of approximately 20 clients on Electronic Monitoring, approximately 70% will successfully complete the program. 

Currently 115 men are finishing out their criminal sentence at Harbor Light.  Caseworkers assist the clients with securing such things as a GED, vocational training and gainful employment.  More than 65% of the clients secure jobs and effectively complete the program.                                                           

Criminal behavior is often linked with alcohol and drug abuse.  Men in this program receive the opportunity to address the multifaceted problems of addiction and recidivism through informational classes, AA attendance, cognitive behavior therapy sessions, discussion groups, life skills workshops and attention to spiritual development.  Primarily for Lorain County clients, but includes men from the Cuyahoga County Jail Reduction Program.  More than 80% of the clients successfully complete this program.

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s Community Corrections Programs, please contact,  Debra Winston at (216) 781-3773 or email at Deb.Winston@use.salvationarmy.org.

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Community Corrections Program (Women)

Located along the north, west and south hallways, this program follows the same guidelines as the men’s corrections program.  Caseworkers are now assisting 20 women with securing a successful reintegration into society.

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s Community Corrections Programs, please contact, Debra Winston at (216) 781-3773 or email at Deb.Winston@use.salvationarmy.org.

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Kitchen & 3 Dining Rooms, Men’s, Women’s & Staff

Kitchen staff prepares and serves over 890 nutritious meals a day.  Special diets are accommodated and bag lunches provided to the residents as needed.

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s Kitchen & Food Services please contact,  Dennis Giroski at (216) 781-3773 or email at Dennis.Giroski@use.salvationarmy.org.

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P.A.S.S. Program (Homeless Men)

The goal of the P.A.S.S. Program is to encourage men to reintegrate into mainstream society. The Pick Up, Assessment, Shelter & Services program is designed to assist homeless men.  Caseworkers work with each client to increase training/abilities and develop life-changing skills.  75 men reside on this floor and can remain in the program for up to 2 years.  More than 60% of the men obtain permanent housing and about half secure gainful employment.

This shelter program is open 24 hours daily and is accessible to any homeless man who is interested in establishing income, participating in an alcohol & drug free environment, developing personal goals, independent living skills, and establishing permanent housing.  The P.A.S.S. Program currently provides shelter and services to 75 chronically homeless men.  The program promotes equality among all individuals.  No person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, or national origin.  The length of stay varies according to the personal goals of the individual.

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s P.A.S.S. Program please contact,  John Wolak at (216) 781-3773 or email at John.Wolak@use.salvationarmy.org

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Project Share (Transitional Housing for Men)

Residents pay a monthly fee based on their financial resources.  Group and individual meetings foster self-sufficiency.  Of approximately 18 residents, 70% move into permanent housing within 3 to 9 months. 

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s Transitional Housing Program please contact,  George Woodworth at (216) 781-3773 or email at George.Woodworth@use.salvationarmy.org

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Zelma George Family Emergency Shelter

One of a few intact housing programs in Cleveland, 10 families are housed on the 2nd floor.  A large conference room is used for children’s activities as well as meetings. About 65% of the shelter’s families achieve residential stability.

The 3rd floor can accommodate up to 25 families & has newly refurbished meeting rooms.  Licensed social workers & a housing specialist provide various supportive services to residents.

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s Zelma George Family Emergency Shelter please contact (216) 781-377.