First Lady Sarah Stitt: “Hope Harbor restores the hope in helping children soar”

Stephanie Steward and her son, Judson Steward; First Lady, Sarah Stitt; Case Thornton and his mother, Tonette Thornton.

On Sept. 28, First Lady Sarah Stitt spoke at Hope Harbor’s Open House, Fish Fry & 5k, located on the campus of Hope Harbor in Claremore. She addressed Hope Harbor’s mission to offer hope and reconciliation to families effected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

“As it says in Isaiah 40:31, ‘They will soar on wings like eagles…what Hope Harbor does for families and children is they restore the hope in helping children soar.” The Open House event is held every year as a “Thank You” to Hope Harbor’s many donors and volunteers-- The First Lady’s presence made this event even more special. Mrs. Stitt is an advocate for children and families in Oklahoma who have experienced ACEs.

More lower-income families in Claremore will be able to afford to send their children to an accredited private school that meets their child’s learning needs thanks to donations through the Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF).

OSF presented scholarship checks totaling $8,000 to Hope Harbor Academy, an accredited private school in Claremore. 

The presentation took place at the school’s Open House and Fish Fry fund- raiser.

Oklahoma state senators Marty Quinn and Julie Daniels attended the celebration.

The school selects scholarship recipients and distributes funds based on financial need. Hope Harbor Academy selected two students to receive scholarships this fall.

Hope Harbor is a Family Reconciliation program.. Hope Harbor specializes in helping at-risk teens and their families through a comprehensive program which includes residential care, an accredited on-site Academy, mental health services, and a parent education program. After completing the Hope Harbor program the families are reconciled and receive aftercare case management and counseling to ease the transition home. Hope Harbor is unlike any program out there—teens and their families make amazing changes! You can learn more about this great organization, and how you can be involved, at

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