About Us


Harbor of Hope Recovery’s mission is to provide a safe haven of respect and love for recovering men to transform and reconstruct their lives.


More Recovery, Fewer Offenders; One man at a time!


Harbor of Hope is located in Des Moines, Iowa.

Board of Directors

The Harbor of Hope currently has five members on its board. They are appointed to two-year, unpaid terms.

Board Members:

Executive Director – Tom Pontow
Secretary – Erin Pontow – Nestle Foods
Director – Pastor Tammy Harris-Brantley – Elpis Christian Fellowship
Director – Barry Freed – Freed Construction – President
Director – Craig Millhollin – Retired Financial Consultant/RBC Wealth Management
Director – Chris Aldinger – Christ the King Parish
Director – Frank Chiodo – Cornerstone Government Affairs
Director – Brad Young – Young Appraisal


Funding of the Harbor of Hope comes directly from state and federal grants and private contributions. Harbor of Hope is a 501c3 non-profit.


• 1880-The Original Harbor of Hope building is constructed in River Bend neighborhood.
• 1984-Harbor of Hope Mission is established as a homeless shelter.
• 2005-Harbor of Hope transitions into an addiction recovery center for drug addicts.
• 2012 July – Harbor of Hope moves into the new location of 803 Lyon street, in the shadow of the   Iowa State Capital building.