About Us

Steve and Debbie Harbin are the founders of the Anchor of Hope Foundation. Their youngest son, Jacob, is the inspiration for this organization. At age three, Jacob was diagnosed with autism. Debbie and Steve have spent years working with Jacob, seeing doctors and therapists. They know first-hand the difficulties, disappointments, and discouragements in raising a special needs child. Yet they also greatly value the unique joy and blessings Jacob brings to their family. They do not have all the answers, but their desire is to help other families facing disability along the path they have, and still are traveling.

We are a Christian organization providing financial and spiritual support, encouragement, community resources, and services to families with disabilities.

We want to share our story with you of how Christ continues to be our Anchor.  He fills us with hope for the future, providing amazing blessings and granting joy for the journey even in the midst of the clouds of confusion, the depths of doubt, the grip of grief, the tears of torment, and the storms of sadness.

Because we knew that one in six children has a developmental disability, we should not have been surprised that our sixth child, Jacob, was diagnosed with autism.  This one son changed the trajectory of our life.  Jacob was, and remains, the Chief Inspirational Officer for Anchor of Hope.

Over the years we began to realize all the specialists, therapies, medicines, time, money, and even our desperate prayers were limited and unable to "reach" our son in a meaningful way.  We saw him sinking away from us, drowning in the "sea of autism;" being pulled away from us in a riptide of sensory, brain and body disconnect, and pain. It seemed like it was always just outside of our reach.  Refusing to give up on him, we began to ask ourselves, “What really is this anchor of hope we desperately need?” “What we can hope in?” “What brings us hope?”  Without hope there is no point of living.  What anchors our hope is knowing the end of our story and working toward that end with certainty (Hebrews 6).  We are passionate to share a little of our history, but now, more so, our new found hope, because our community is joining us to help many other families like ours.

Anchor of Hope started with a large vision and small beginnings. Four of us sat around our kitchen table and began to ask families what they needed and how we could help.  Family moved back to help. Donors were faithful. Dayspring supported. Outreach grew as the word spread. God was and is faithful and blesses!  Today our impact is almost $70,000 in financial scholarships, 100+ hours of education and training, hundreds of relationships, increased awareness, eight Autism Awareness Festivals, hours of counseling and advocacy, 40+ Parent's Night Out events, and a Family Support Group.  Some volunteers have even switched college majors because of their Parents’ Night Out experiences. However, there is so much more to do! 

This is why we need YOU! You are Anchor of Hope! You are the hands and feet of Parent's Night Out. You are the heart of the festival, bringing the community together to support one another. You are the brains to create new ideas of how to grow to meet the onslaught of needs we expect in the future. 

So many families struggle in desperate silence, longing to know that someone cares.  So many young people with a disability sit alone at home after graduation with no future opportunities.  There are so many requests for scholarships that we must deny because of higher demand.  There are so many needs.  This is why we cannot do it without you!  WE NEED YOU!  We need you to move forward into the next ten years with Anchor of Hope to sustain us, and for you to grab hold of the hands around you to bring "Hope for the future and Joy in the Journey."

Steve & Debbie Harbin

  • Develop a family-friendly comprehensive therapy center in Central Georgia. From this location, over 1.5 million residents are within a one hour drive from the center.

  • Provide educational opportunities, coordination with local schools and/or develope separate facilities.

  • Develop a resident group home for special needs adults.

  • Create an industry for special needs adults for gainful employment to make a product, or provide a service.

  • Develop a retirement community that would encompass items 1 - 4 and also include a camp for the kids and a research medical institute.



About Us

Steve and Debbie Harbin founded Anchor of Hope Foundation in 2007. Their youngest son, Jacob, is the inspiration for this organization. At age three, Jacob was diagnosed with autism. Debbie and Steve have spent years working with Jacob, seeing doctors and therapists. They know first-hand the difficulties, disappointments, and discouragements in raising a special needs child. Yet they also greatly value the unique joy and blessings Jacob brings to their family. They do not have all the answers, but their desire is to help other families facing disability along the path they have, and still are traveling.

We are a Christian organization providing financial and spiritual support, encouragement, community resources, and services to families with disabilities.

A Letter from Our Founders

We want to share our story with you of how Christ continues to be our Anchor.  He fills us with hope for the future, providing amazing blessings and granting joy for the journey even in the midst of the clouds of confusion, the depths of doubt, the grip of grief, the tears of torment, and the storms of sadness.

Because we knew that one in six children has a developmental disability, we should not have been surprised that our sixth child, Jacob, was diagnosed with autism.  This one son changed the trajectory of our life.  Jacob was, and remains, the Chief Inspirational Officer for Anchor of Hope.

Over the years we began to realize all the specialists, therapies, medicines, time, money, and even our desperate prayers were limited and unable to "reach" our son in a meaningful way.  We saw him sinking away from us, drowning in the "sea of autism;" being pulled away from us in a riptide of sensory, brain and body disconnect, and pain. It seemed like it was always just outside of our reach.  Refusing to give up on him, we began to ask ourselves, “What really is this anchor of hope we desperately need?” “What we can hope in?” “What brings us hope?”  Without hope there is no point of living.  What anchors our hope is knowing the end of our story and working toward that end with certainty (Hebrews 6).  We are passionate to share a little of our history, but now, more so, our new found hope, because our community is joining us to help many other families like ours.

Anchor of Hope started with a large vision and small beginnings. Four of us sat around our kitchen table and began to ask families what they needed and how we could help.  Family moved back to help. Donors were faithful. Dayspring supported. Outreach grew as the word spread. God was and is faithful and blesses!  Today our impact is almost $70,000 in financial scholarships, 100+ hours of education and training, hundreds of relationships, increased awareness, eight Autism Awareness Festivals, hours of counseling and advocacy, 40+ Parent's Night Out events, and a Family Support Group.  Some volunteers have even switched college majors because of their Parents’ Night Out experiences. However, there is so much more to do! 

This is why we need YOU! You are Anchor of Hope! You are the hands and feet of Parent's Night Out. You are the heart of the festival, bringing the community together to support one another. You are the brains to create new ideas of how to grow to meet the onslaught of needs we expect in the future. 

So many families struggle in desperate silence, longing to know that someone cares.  So many young people with a disability sit alone at home after graduation with no future opportunities.  There are so many requests for scholarships that we must deny because of higher demand.  There are so many needs.  This is why we cannot do it without you!  WE NEED YOU!  We need you to move forward into the next ten years with Anchor of Hope to sustain us, and for you to grab hold of the hands around you to bring "Hope for the future and Joy in the Journey."

Steve & Debbie Harbin

  • Develop a family-friendly comprehensive therapy center in Central Georgia. From this location, over 1.5 million residents are within a one hour drive from the center.

  • Provide educational opportunities, coordination with local schools and/or develope separate facilities.

  • Develop a resident group home for special needs adults.

  • Create an industry for special needs adults for gainful employment to make a product, or provide a service.

  • Develop a retirement community that would encompass items 1 - 4 and also include a camp for the kids and a research medical institute.



OUR 20 YEAR VISION

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