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Helping Hands at Harbour House, Junior League of Lake Charles’s Provisional Class helps to update the Harbour House facility
4/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Helping Hands


In the words of Nelson Mandela, "There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” In keeping with the sentiment, the ladies of the current Junior League of Lake Charles’s Provisional Class have decided to focus their efforts on helping to update the facility of Harbour House, an 18-bed licensed residential facility for children ages 10 to 17 years old who need emergency shelter services because they are runaway or homeless youth, status offenders, or other community youth in need of a safe place. The Junior League of Lake Charles Provisional ladies in conjunction with the Harbour House staff hope to create a homier environment in which these children can thrive. 


This year, each Provisional meeting was held at a Junior League of Lake Charles Legacy office or facility. After their visit to Harbour House, the Provisional class ladies were deeply moved by the work being done with the youth of our community through Harbour House, and they wanted to serve them in some way. 


They decided that raising funds and assisting in planning to help Harbour House welcome the children they serve by updating some of the physical attributes of the facility was how they could help achieve the mission of the Junior League of Lake Charles, which focuses on seeking out community needs and finding ways to meet them. 


Provisional member Kristin McMahan says, "The first time we visited Harbour House, I knew that was where I wanted to put our money and time. It turns out the rest of the Provisional Class felt the same way. We hope that providing these children with updated bedrooms will bring smiles to their faces and make it feel like their own space, not just a room.” 


Toni Canon, Provisional Class Leader, explains, "Though we have not necessarily worked directly with the youth, the employees and facilitators at Harbour House are extremely gracious, open-minded, and easy to work with. They are always so appreciative of any and every idea that we have, and it is so humbling to see how much they care about their service to our community's youth. " 


Their ultimate hope is that the youth who find themselves at Harbour House will see the work that the League ladies and the employees at Harbour House have put into their facility and know that their community cares about them and will do their best to create a warm, nurturing environment in which these children can thrive.


Habour House is one of the services of Educational and Treatment Council, or ETC.  In addition, ETC also offers a Transitional Living Program, Functional Family Therapy, Crisis Intervention Services, Drug Court Treatment Services as well as Camp New Directions. 


For more information about ETC, call 

(337) 433-1062 or visit etcyouth.org.

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