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About Ruth Harbor

Our Mission:
Through grace, Ruth Harbor provides a Christ-centered home, programs and comprehensive services resulting in positive life change for young women who have experienced unplanned pregnancies and their babies.

Since 2001, young women have come to Ruth Harbor to continue their pregnancy, receive support in decision-making, and experience positive life change. What brings a woman to Ruth Harbor is of little consequence - who she is when she leaves is the focus. And when the birth of her baby comes she is prepared and more confident. Ruth Harbor’s education and support helps new moms experience emotional health whether they choose to parent or place for adoption. Ruth Harbor is also impacting families and birth fathers with positive support.
More than a shelter, more than a home, Ruth Harbor is also a program:

  • Staff members come along side each resident to design a Care Plan tailored specifically to reach personal goals of growth, independence, safety, and life skills.
  • With the support and direction of a staff counselor and live-in house parents, residents live together as a family, learning to care for both their home and one another.
  • While at Ruth Harbor women receive counseling, education support, life-skills training, access to quality health care, spiritual guidance, parenting training and/or adoption assistance at no charge
  • Our focus is on being a home, not an institution, where up to six residents live modeling a family lifestyle.
  • The emphasis is on grace and independent living rather than any circumstances that brought our residents here.
  • Additional support is often provided through mentors, host homes, and partner agencies.

Information on parenting, adoption and life-skill training is provided by subject matter experts.
A Home-Not An Institution

Ruth Harbor is a 6-8 resident home--the key word being HOME. Ruth Harbor looks like and functions like a home. The women live much like a family -- cooking, cleaning and caring for one another according to their physical abilities.
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More Than A Social Program

The key difference between Ruth Harbor and other programs helping pregnant women is that the goal is to bring about a life change which ends the cycle of self-defeating behavior. This interdenominational ministry was founded on the belief that a personal relationship with Christ is at the center of life change. The circumstances which bring women to Ruth Harbor are of little consequence, who they are and how they feel about themselves when they leave is the focus. Grace is the key philosophy of this program.
Adoption Counseling & Parenting Classes

All women receive counseling to help them decide what to do once their children are born. Women who decide to parent their babies will receive extensive parenting classes. Those who choose adoption will be well-informed about their options and assisted through the process.
Mission Statement

Through grace, Ruth Harbor provides a Christ-centered home, programs and comprehensive services for women and teens with unplanned pregnancies resulting in positive life change.
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  • Ruth Harbor

    Ruth Harbor
    534 42nd Street
    Des Moines, IA 50312

    Ruth Harbor
    534 42nd Street
    Des Moines, IA 50312

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A Christ-centered home and program for young women facing unplanned pregnancy.

Ruth Harbor
534 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-279-4661
Fax: 515-633-2157
M-F 8:30 AM-5 PM