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We are independent, nonprofit and proudly local.

We take care of families, so they can take care of their kids.

We all face adversity better when surrounded by those we love. We can overcome challenges, celebrate triumphs and endure sorrows.

Hope’s Harbor is a place where families can stay strong, stay refreshed—and stay close to their loved ones. We offer Strength Next Door.

It started as a dream…

Hope’s Harbor (formerly Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House) was founded in 1997 by American Airlines captain Jack Arnold, in response to the growing need for a “hospital hospitality house” to provide lodging and accommodations for the parents and families of critically ill children.

Today, we continue that mission, having served thousands of families since opening our doors. We now have two hospitality houses, on the campuses of Lutheran Hospital and Dupont Hospital.


Since 1997, we’ve had one purpose.

Hope’s Harbor supports children receiving medical care by providing critical hospitality services to their families.

Meet The Team


Wendy Hoering
Executive Director
Marcie Harruff
Director of Operations
Leah Smitley
Development Specialist

Board of Directors: Officers

Joseph Cohen
PRESIDENT, Barrett McNagny, LLP
Evan Wood
VICE PRESIDENT, Fort Wayne Metals
Tyler Nix
SECRETARY, The Hagerman Group
Chad Glassburn
TREASURER, Lake City Bank

Board of Directors: Members

Lorie Ailor
The Orthopedic Hospital
Tammy Andrews
Lincoln Financial
Jennifer Dempsey
Wayne Trace Local Schools
Kimberley Fulkerson
Dupont Hospital
Matt Henry
Northwestern Mutual
Ron Howard
Pacers Sports & Entertainment
Jenniffer Jordan
Spoke, LLC
Kimberly Kem
MedPro Group
Kim Murphy
Luke NaThalang
Indiana State Police
Adam Reece
MacAllister Machinery
Dan Rich
Ash Brokerage
Kara Smith
Baden Gage & Schroeder
Jim Wilcox
Wilcox & Associates, LLC – Sandler Training
Andrea Wilmont
Provenance | The Bradley


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