About Us

Our Vision

To restore thousands of lives branded as hopeless, to their God-given potential thus breaking the cycle of poverty and abandonment among Russia’s millions of children at risk and turning them into productive citizens.

Our Mission

To find teenage orphans who have recently left the state system and offer them real hope for a future along with the education and skills to secure it.

The Need

Numbers help illustrate the grim reality…

Russia has millions of children-at-risk. Once they turn seventeen, orphans are moved out of institutions and forced to make a way for themselves. Most don’t succeed. The result? More orphans and street children in Russia today than in the years following World War II.

Thousands of children are orphaned every year.

Thousands of orphans leave the Russian state orphanage system annually.

An estimated 40% of post-institution orphans become alcohol and drug addicts, 40% end up in the criminal world, and 10% commit suicide.

Our Core Outreach Programs / A Holistic Approach

At the moment, we have three outreach programs: a residential/transitional care program, a vocational training center and a young mother’s program. However, at the moment, our core program is our residential program. Six to eight young adult orphans live together in a typical Russian apartment and function as a family along with full-time mentors who address the following life areas:

  • Practical Formation
    Harbor staff model and coach residents in life skills such as cooking, nutrition, personal hygiene, budgeting, housekeeping, and family living.
  • Spiritual Formation
    A Russian pastor provides encouragement in the journey of finding God and meaning in life.
  • Emotional and Relational Formation
    Psychologists help participants wrestle with their unique issues in individual and group sessions.
  • Educational Formation
    Staff members guide participants through completion of their high school education and eligibility for technical college or university studies.
  • Vocational Formation
    Professionals provide basic competency in technology, carpentry, English, sewing, and cosmetology.