We are building a movement to end poverty
We provide spiritual and material support to a traumatized and exploited community, run large programs such as Harbor Roots Farm, and aim to become a co-op hub.
Who We Are
We are a group of chaplains who seek to build a freedom church of the poor by building relationships and standing with the poor of Grays Harbor County. We believe the people most affected by poverty should have the actual power and control over organizations, land, and resources—as a collective.
In 2013, Rev. Sarah came back home to the Harbor. After being trained in street chaplaincy in Boston, she began to go out and visit with people in the back alleys and underpasses of downtown Aberdeen with a backpack full of sandwiches–in and out of homelessness herself during the time she launched Chaplains on the Harbor. Gathering a small team of church and street volunteers, Chaplains began to host regular community meals in Aberdeen.
We will build the leadership of people who have experienced poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and addiction, giving them not just a seat at the table and a voice, but also actual power in building this organization and our work.
In our projects of survival, we will meet people where they are at, without judgment, supporting people who struggle with addiction or experience mental or physical disabilities. We are committed to respecting people for who they are, across lines of gender, race, disability, and sexuality.
We are opposed to white supremacy. We are committed to working across the lines of difference that have historically divided poor and working people, particularly across lines of race.
Means of Production
We are committed to shifting control of land and the means of production into the hands of poor and working communities. We want to heal land and people together.
We aim to become a cooperative hub. The goal of each enterprise and cooperative will be to return power over land and the means of production to the people most affected by poverty and disenfranchisement and to increase people’s access to land, food, housing, education, and healing.
We acknowledge the ancestral claim of First Nations to this land and commit to partnering however possible in this region to support that claim.
Dear friends and family in the dream of justice, Hope this fall is bringing an abundant harvest to your lives and souls, wherever you may be! 2021 has been another year for the books at Chaplains on the Harbor. We’ve spent the past month knee-deep in brambles, bees,...