Hope Harbor celebrates 25 years in Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Hope Harbor has dedicated the last two and a half decades to helping Grand Island's community. The shelter invites homeless women and their children to stay with them until they get back on their feet.

Hope Harbor is celebrating 25 years of helping homeless women in Grand Island get back on their feet. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

"We've been in the community now for 25 years, we were found in 1994," Executive Director Liz Mayfield said. "What I think is really impactful is how we've grown over the years and how many families we've been able to impact."

One former resident impacted by Hope Harbor is Vicki Mckenzie. Mckenzie says she was in a very rough place when she found the shelter and says they gave her the opportunity to completely turn her life around.

"It helped me to get housing, it helped with my self esteem," Mckenzie said. "Hope Harbor also helped me to get sober. I'm almost six months sober and that's something I'm really proud of."

Mckenzie was just one of the hundreds of success stories that have come out of Hope Harbor in the last 25 years.

"It's just very, very rewarding to see people go through our program and complete it and start utilizing whatever they may have learned," Mayfield said. "For me, it's just warms my heart see people succeeding in whatever way that looks for them."

As Grand Island's population is continuing to grow, so is the need for facilities like Hope Harbor. They've already grown so much since opening, and plan to continue keeping up with the need for the another 25 years to come.