Established in 1984 as a program of the Outagamie County Department of Human Services, Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs began as a grassroots organization offering a safe shelter and basic crisis services to women and children hurt by domestic abuse.
Harbor House became an independent, private nonprofit agency on Jan. 1, 1997, and one year later, opened an outreach office in Chilton to better serve the needs of Calumet County families. The Calumet County office is located at 107 Southside Shopping Center in Chilton.
On Sept. 5, 2001, Harbor House moved to its current location at 720 W. Fifth St. in Appleton, a much larger facility refurbished to meet growing demands for shelter, to expand existing services and to develop new programs in response to regional needs.
Today, Harbor House is an integrated and supportive community, surrounding victims and survivors of domestic abuse with a comprehensive range of program options. All of our programming is offered within a compassionate community of new friends, knowledgeable staff members and dedicated volunteers—many of whom are also abuse survivors. Harbor House does not refuse services to anyone based on area of residence, but our primary service area is Outagamie and Calumet counties.
In 2012, Harbor House served families in crisis in the following ways: