Dee and Stan Clark are the founders of Hope Harbor Ministries. Married for over 40 years and blessed with two wonderful children and seven grandchildren, they balance both family and ministry to bring glory to God. After 28 years in the jail ministry and seeing the devastation that drugs cause in the lives of young ladies and their families, they stepped out in faith and began Hope Harbor.
In 1982, Hope Harbor was born when Dee began a ministry at Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka, Alabama. After moving to Troup County in 1986, Dee and Stan continued to visit the women in jail and bring them a message that through God’s merciful grace and power they could win the battle they were fighting against their addictions. From 1998 until 2002, they embraced women, allowing them into their home to give them an opportunity to better themselves. Dee and Stan demonstrated unconditional love toward these ladies and provided them with the tools to excel in life. As a result, these women are all very successful today.
In 2002, Hope Harbor became a 501c3. 2004 marked the year when land was purchased and was paid in full by others who believed in their mission. Many people believe in Hope Harbor’s mission because almost everyone has either battled an addiction themselves, or has had a close family member or friend battle with an addiction.
In January 2005, Hope Harbor joyously opened its doors to its first residents. At the end of 12 months, the first graduation was held. Ten years later, there have been 42 graduations and countless numbers of lives touched through this ministry. Although Hope Harbor is small in size, it is undeniable that this ministry is unique and very successful.
Dee and Stan strongly believe that although addiction has the potential to destroy life, God’s merciful grace and power can generate life: truly creating beauty from the ashes.
Stan and Dee Clark