Soul's Harbor Homeless Shelter

A nonprofit organization

Soul's Harbor is a 501c3 established in 1956 to help men help themselves and break the cycle of homelessness, at no cost to them. Our mission is deeply rooted in our founder, L.E. "Jake" Stembridge's, vision of a better way to support the homeless. After years of visiting missions which provided a hot meal, a kind word, and a warm bed in the evening before turning them out onto the street each morning, Jake envisioned a rehabilitation model unlike any available at the time. He and his business partner, Ralph Whittle, laid the foundations for this transformative place with a simple cottage and invited men to come rest, regain their self-respect, reconcile with God, and reconnect with their families. Soul's Harbor has since expanded to a six-acre campus with two dormitory facilities, an executive director's home, a dining hall, a meeting hall, an indoor recreation center, and a warehouse to receive donated items for the agency's four thrift stores. Soul's Harbor has an operational team of two full-time staff who work alongside 66 work program participants and 500 volunteers.

Our long-term rehabilitation and housing model provides a recovery home with tools to deal with addiction issues and strategies to overcome personal obstacles to break the cycle of homelessness. Soul's Harbor integrates 12-step programs with life skills training including healthy relationships with children, individual and group therapy, and classes on overcoming self-destructive behavior. Our work therapy program requires men to work a structured 40-hour work week and learn specialized job skills. We offer opportunities for meditation and fitness to help participants cope with stress without relying on drugs and alcohol. We offer classes on healing relationships and building community.

Soul's Harbor is recognized throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a leader in long-term substance abuse recovery with membership in the National Association for Addiction Professionals and Texas Association of Addiction Professionals alongside hundreds of other treatment center members.

Our Needs

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Soul's Harbor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is committed to "...helping men help themselves, and breaking the cycle of homelessness...". Soul's Harbor is more than a shelter. Soul's Harbor offers the 60+ men of our shelter a six month work therapy and substance abuse recovery program that provides the basic tools that will help facilitate their reintegration back into society.

Equity Statement

Soul's Harbor Racial Equity Statement

In order to accomplish our mission, we believe that we must be responsive to the needs of everyone in the community who may receive services, regardless of their racial/ethnic background. We will create and implement programs using our awareness of cultural differences and treat all clients with respect. Furthermore, we will create an organizational culture that values people of all racial/ethnic backgrounds and that is based on our organizational values of respect, integrity, and honesty. Our commitment to inclusiveness will be evident in our organizational policies and procedures, as part of our strategic plan, and within our organizational goals.

Organization Data


Organization name

Soul's Harbor Homeless Shelter

Tax id (EIN)




Economic/Financial Security/Poverty, Employment & Workforce Development, Social Services

Operating Budget

$500,000 - $999,999

Counties Served

Wise, Tarrant, Somervell, Rockwall, Parker, Palo Pinto, Navarro, Montague, Kaufman, Johnson, Hunt, Hood, Grayson, Fannin, Erath, Ellis, Denton, Dallas, Cooke, Collin

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


PO BOX 360455
Dallas, TX 75336



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