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Guiding Harbor New CEO

Guiding Harbor is pleased to announce the selection of Jennifer Trotter, LMSW, as the new CEO. Mrs. Trotter follows Guiding Harbor’s previous CEO, Maria Lessnau, who left the organization after many years of dedicated service for a new professional challenge as Executive Director at Christ Child House in Detroit.

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Welcome to Guiding Harbor

Formerly known as Girlstown Foundation

Guiding Harbor is a private, non-profit organization founded by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Michigan (GFWC-MI), that provides child caring and child placement services for abused and neglected children. Our services include: Foster Care, Supervised Independent Living and a Residential Program. Guiding Harbor is licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Guiding Harbor provides children, young men and women and their families with a safe and nurturing environment and specialized services. All services are individually designed to be responsive and unique to our consumers needs. Each of Guiding Harbor’s programs provides services with dignity, respect and professionalism to assist our consumers to reach their full potential.

Currently we service Permanent or Temporary Court Wards from birth through 21 years of age, who have been adjudicated as Court Wards in the State of Michigan. The children that are placed with our agency, are primarily from Southeastern Michigan communities, however, Guiding Harbor does accept children from other out-county placements.

CARF accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of human service providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, and Opioid Treatment Programs. (888) 281-6531.

A portion of our programs are funded by the State of Michigan.


Annual Report

2017 Strategic Plan