Mission + History

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower children who have faced abuse, neglect and hardships to take back their futures through our unique approach that focuses on providing them with a place in our residential community, a family-like structure and giving families a choice on how to move forward.


Today’s Harbor For Children, formerly Boys and Girls Harbor, was founded in 1947 by the members of Houston’s Downtown Optimist Club with the support of many prominent Houston business and civic leaders. Texas Governor Ross Sterling and his wife donated their 21,000 square-foot mansion in Morgan’s Point, Texas, to the Optimist Club to be used as the first home for “Boys Harbor.”

As approaches to caring for children changed, the organization’s Board of Directors chose to sell the mansion with its large orphanage-like environment and relocate the campus across the street on land partially purchased from and partially donated by the Sterlings. In 1962, four family-style homes were built, with additional buildings and support facilities added over the years. In the early 1980s, three new brick homes were built for girls and organization’s name was changed to Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc.

After 30 years as Boys & Girls Harbor, the organization changed its name to Today’s Harbor for Children to create clarity in the community. As of February 21, 2018, Boys & Girls Harbor is now known as Today’s Harbor for Children.

Learn more about why we chose Today’s Harbor for Children.