Referral FAQ

Does a survivor need to call first to see if you have a bed?

That is not necessary.  Submit the application because, even if The Harbor is full, we have a network of other providers who can help find placement facilities.


If a survivor needs immediate placement, can you expedite the referral and intake process? 

Provide as much detail as possible in the application, including the reason for the urgency, and send it to the Restoration Director (There are two references here to Restoration Director, but we don’t have such a title.  Kathie)  We may be able to move the survivor to a safe-house location until she is ready to transition to our program.


Does The Harbor serve survivors who are younger than 18?

Minors should be referred to minor-serving facilities.  Under certain circumstances, we can accept an emancipated minor, or a minor whose parents grant us temporary custody.


Do you accept survivors who have active court cases?

Yes, many of our residents are involved with active cases.  You'll need to provide all necessary contact information about the survivor's court obligations and keep us apprised of case progress.  Our Restoration Director will ensure that professionals working with residents on court cases have access to their clients, as well as communication time outside of regular phone-time privileges. (I combined two questions into one. Kathie)  


How are court-ordered placements managed? 

For a woman ordered into our program in lieu of incarceration, we need to include the attorney/court official in the intake process.  We can recommend guidelines for the order and provide you with a letter of Conditional Acceptance for the judge.


Will you accept a survivor who has fewer than 30 days clean? 

We strongly recommend you find detox/rehab resources near her, and we will stay in touch while she does that work.  We may be able to find her a rehab program near us; however, that does not guarantee she will be admitted to The Harbor.  She must successfully complete at least 30 days of rehab before we will consider her.


Are residents allowed to keep their phones and/or cars?  Can they have home visits?

To be accepted into The Harbor, the survivor agrees to adhere to our policies and to follow a structured program and schedule.  Unwillingness to do so may indicate she is not ready for our restoration program.


Does the survivor have to be Christian?

No, she does not.  We welcome each woman regardless of her spiritual preference.  North Star Initiative is a Christ-centered organization, and we ask only that she be willing to participate in group activities that may discuss faith, and that she doesn't demonstrate hostility toward our staff or other residents.