The Harbours Gate Story
Harbours Gate was officially formed in the spring of 2012. Our mission is to serve our local communities in need as a ‘neighborhood peace corps’. We work with the residents of each community developing leaders who can help change and improve the lives of others in need.
Tom Garner, the founder and Director, has worked for over 15 years in the areas of homelessness, addiction issues, unemployment and housing. He is still active with KARM, Salvation Army, Celebrate Recovery, Steps House, Crossville Mission Bible Training Center, Teen Challenge, Cornerstone of Recovery, Boys and Girls Clubs of East TN, TN Child and Family services and many others.
We work actively in the streets of our neighborhoods building trusting relationships and bringing information relevant to the particular environment. A major key element: WE SOLD OUR PERSONAL HOMES and worldly possessions and actually moved in to the neighborhoods we serve. Yes, we live in Inner City Housing Complexes and other economically distressed areas. The heart of all of our programs is Peer Counseling and Peer Counseling Training. We have a high success rate in life turnaround by matching those struggling with living life on life’s terms with those who have successfully overcome similar obstacles in their own recovery.
We have left the ninety and nine to find the one…the one who is willing to work for change in their lives. Those ‘one’s’ then go out and spread the word and bring back five more. Those who feel too broken, abandoned and hopeless are the very ones whose lives are rebuilt into stronger and more productive members of our local communities.
We work with the few but the miracles are many. Former drug addicts and dealers now clean and working good jobs and being restored back to society and families. Former gang leaders now in college. A former prostitute and drug addict now graduated from Law School and practicing law. Youth who had dropped out of school now enrolled and finishing their education with a purpose and future. A 70 year old grandmother now completing her High School Diploma requirements to be a better role model and example for her grandchildren. And the list goes on!
We need you and your support to continue our mission. Both cash and in-kind donations accepted. All tax deductible under our Federal 501 (c) 3 Charity Exemption. Complete financials available upon request. Go to donation page now and make a personal impact on someone living here in our local area.