The Harbor Roots story
A rural logging and fishing community, with industry in decline, Grays Harbor County can feel isolated and forgotten by the rest of the world. When the timber economy collapsed, the region was left with very few jobs and little hope. But many of the people didn’t leave. We stayed. In a place where 46% of us are on public assistance and one out of 25 is homeless, we have weathered every storm since, and have taken care of each other when no one else would.
No one knows better how to revive this county than the people who have struggled most in Grays Harbor. We are people living on the streets, people who gave our lives to the timber industry, people who are dealing with addiction, people who have seen time in jail. We are the lifeblood of this community.
We are doing this by:
- Providing good living wage jobs with dignity for people in poverty
- Supplying fresh produce to food banks
- Providing wrap-around support from counselors to case workers for our employees and community
- Training our employees and community members to make broader change in the community
- Showing that vibrant and sustainable economic solutions to poverty are possible
- Building a broader vision for a thriving Grays Harbor—this is just the beginning.
The harbor is a place of great beauty and great struggle, but full of gifted people with great wisdom and much to give.