About

Our Staff

We are a team of licensed Master Level Social Workers, Limited Licensed Psychologists, Bachelor Level Social Workers , Psychiatrist, and we also employ Residential Treatment Workers. Collectively we have experience working with children of all ages, male and female.

We utilize multiple modalities of treatment including client-centered, family focused, and strengths based approaches to working with children and families which include these specific areas: Depression, ADHD/ADD, Self-Esteem and Self-Image Problems, Attachment and Separation Disorders, Grief and Loss issues, PTSD, Trauma, Sexual Abuse, and Neglect.

Administrative Team

CEO: Jennifer Trotter, LMSW
COO: Kristen Plezia, MSW
Finance Manager: Ann Murray
HR: Joe Kyle
Office Coordinator: Sue Pulju

Foster Care

Program Manager: Kenya Dobbins

Girlstown Residential Team

Program Manager: Kyra Bradley
Medical Director: Dr. Andreas Sidiropoulos

Mission

Improving the quality of life for children and families.

Vision

Guiding Harbor will educate each person placed in our care, teaching the life skills necessary to make wise decisions and to become a productive member of society.

History

1951

Planning for Girlstown begins

1958

Girlstown, Loch Rio opens

November 4, 1970

Girlstown Day declared by Gov. William Milliken

1974

New location for Girlstown purchased

1989

Began providing foster care services to girls in need.

1997

Foster homes begin welcoming boys

2012

Changed name to Guiding Harbor

2018

In 60 years, over 900 residents of Girlstown