By Barbara K Hanneke

Harbor Impact Ministries is defined in many ways by the community, our guests and our volunteers – – but the one thing we all can agree on is that it is a “boots on the ground” operation.

100% of its efforts are high energy. Lethargy and inertia are unknown qualities at 1963 Allen Road, Kimball, Michigan. The services provided are continuous and varied.


Every day begins with clearing benches of donations received. The sorting room is in a whirl dividing incoming items into men’s clothing, women’s clothing, youth clothing, baby-related items, and the variety which is This n’ That.

Tutoring is about to begin again. In the Computer Lab, Senor Owens prepares his Spanish class for Saturdays and then will continue website updates.

The Librarian cannot believe the number of books received last week.

In the office, the executive team is analyzing the extra volunteer hours which will be needed to care for the increase in numbers expected at the next Impact Day. The Financial Officer works to record the value of the donations received the day before, pay pending bills, and work on the bank reconciliation. Designated room volunteers are removing items which have not been taken by Harbor guests in three months and placed in white bags for World Mission. Tubs of clothing which have been sorted and are ready to be placed in rooms to see if they are needed by the population served are moved to appropriate locations.


Join us as a volunteer at Harbor Impact Ministries, 1963 Allen Road, Kimball, MI (former Sparlingville Elementary School) 9:00 am until noon, Monday through Friday and we will find you a job! We know you will love working with us! So GET YOUR BOOTS ON OVER TO HARBOR IMPACT MINISTRIES!

Harbor Impact Ministries
1963 Allen Road
Kimball, MI 48074


Barb Hanneke has been the Director of Harbor Impact Ministries for eight years since its inception.  She is on the Board of Directors of the Department of Health and Human Services; she leads the community service portion of the Operation Transformation Food Task Force; she is on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program committee; she is a church organist and choir director; and is a member of other community organizations.  From the east coast, Ohio, and finally Michigan, Barb taught first grade, elementary school music, and was trained as a paralegal before beginning the most meaningful project of her life.
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