It’s hard to notice The Harbor.
It’s a simple, windowless brown building on Mojave Road. Its newest location on Charleston isn’t much different. If it weren’t for the signs hung on the brick you could miss it, but thousands haven’t missed anything.
Inside those brick buildings, more than 8,000 kids and families have gotten help.
“We want to encourage anytime a parent thinks that maybe their child is behaving differently, we encourage parents to trust their gut on that", Harbor Supervisor Cheryl Wright tells us. “Let's get an assessment done and see how we can help.”
The Harbor is a partnership with the county, juvenile justice services, LVMPD, the school district, and several non-profits. The complicated web of agencies offers a very simple and powerful thing; free help.
“Each child gets a structured assessment then we identify with the family what services best fit their needs. From there we have all these partners in addition to community partners that offer behavioral help, mentoring.” Wright says “It’s really not a cookie cutter situation we want to make it meaningful.”
The Harbor is expanding. Seven months ago they opened their second location on Charleston and they want to do more. A bill in front of state politicians would free up $6 million for that expansion.
“We really want to be a no wrong door for the community. A one-stop shop. We can help younger siblings and we can wrap services around a family, as a whole", says Wright.