Updated: Mar 22, 2019
Harbor 17 gives more than 10% of its proceeds to help women and their children stay healthy and safe.
Long before the emerging of Harbor 17, when the ideas of decor designed around the most beautiful coastal landscapes in America were but a fuzzy dream, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world around me. This purpose leaked out into simple daily activities. I felt a need to meet small needs, needs that I could actually meet, of those around me. I desired to somehow bring some ray of light into the lives I came in touch with.
This need blossomed from a grateful heart, a heart grateful for the many different and wonderful people who helped me along my journey in life. The most logical response to gratitude - to give back, to start returning the favors, no matter how big or small, just plant the seeds.
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein
You see, women's issues are very close to me because of a past that experienced more "women's issues" than I'd care to remember or acknowledge. However, the experiences made it impossible to turn a blind eye. Rather, compelled by my personal understanding, what should have depleted my heart actually drove my heart to deliver some relief, if at all possible, for the suffering of other women. Because, as I was understanding, when women fall, we all fall. When mothers fall, both male and female children are fall. When wives fall, both the husband and the wife fall. And so on. We are so imperatively intertwined; strengthening one, strengthens the other just as harming one, harms the other.
Whether as simple as a smile, a genuine compliment or fresh baked cookies, I needed to do something to ease the pain and brokenness in women's faces I saw each and every day. I knew just how valuable feeling valued really was. I knew the physical pain healed quickly, but the heart was a different story.
Licking my own wombs, I could not bear knowing other young women, some so much younger than I, all over the world and even in our backyards, were being subjected to unspeakable crimes with little relief. It seemed no one wanted to talk about it.
So, with the birthing of Harbor 17, and Robert's full support, I commitment a portion of Harbor's proceeds to an organization we knew to be local, legitimate, Christ-centered and delicate in handling sensitive issues, especially those pertaining to women. I wanted our company to stand behind the efforts of those who embark on the difficult journey to bring young women into the arms of safety and committed to the healing, both physically and spiritually, of the victims of such horrific crimes.
Harbor 17 chose Samaritan's Purse as our charitable non-profit organization because of their unwavering commitment to the love of Christ, their vast reach around the world and their dedication to the complexities of situations, pursuing solutions for women of all ages. They are harnessing resources to prevent crimes, while also providing for those already harmed. You can learn more about the various programs they offer for women here: www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/women/.
"Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' The entire law and all of the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.'" Matthew 22:37-40, NLT (emphasis added).