Mission + History

From the first young woman we took in during a cold winter night in 1968, we knew we had a responsibility to help young people when they needed it most. Five decades later, our mission guides us to provide emergency housing and services to youth experiencing homelessness to promote their safety, stability and personal growth. Every day we empower young people to be self-sufficient through safe housing and support services to prevent homelessness.



More than 40 individuals work around the clock to ensure our young people are cared for. They hold bachelor and master’s degrees, have obtained industry certifications and licenses, and demonstrate passion and dedication in all they do. These case managers and direct caregivers are the backbone of our agency, strong mentors and collaborators who engage with our young people every day and help them grow and thrive.

Learn more about opportunities at The Harbour.


Board of Directors

The work we do wouldn’t be possible without the guidance and leadership of our Board of Directors. These steadfast individuals share their expertise and insight to oversee our organization and help ensure our long-term livelihood – always keeping the best interests of the youth we serve at heart.

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The Harbour is part of a larger community of organizations dedicated to the safety, health and well-being of young women in Chicago’s northern suburbs. We team up with other agencies, local government and public service to ensure those at highest risk in our neighborhoods receive the help they need. We’re even able to refer individuals to other programs when one of our six facilities in north and northwest Cook County isn’t a good fit.



Thousands of youth have benefited from the shelter and support available at The Harbour. We continually strive to serve as many young people as possible. Our program service expense ratio for the 2018 fiscal year is 86%. This ratio exceeds the standards set by the Better Business Bureau.

Read our financial overview to learn more.

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