Executive Director, The Salvation Army Harbor Light
Beau Hill is the Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Complex (HLC) in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1949 the Harbor Light Complex is a multi-service campus that provides the following programs and services to the community: emergency shelter services for families; transitional housing programs for men; community corrections and electronic monitoring services, medically supervised substance abuse treatment and intensive outpatient treatment. On any given day, HLC can have upward to 500 clients within the facility.
Beau Hill was born and raised in The Salvation Army and has dedicated his life in service to others. A graduate of Youngstown State University, Beau began his employment at the Harbor Light Complex in September 1996 when hired as an accountant. Within a few years he was promoted to Director of Business Operations and in 2007 became the Executive Director of the facility. He is eager, confident and mission-minded. He has built a reputation as someone who gets things done! It has been said of him that, “Beau lives and leads with conviction, passion and follows through on his relationships with others. If he takes on a task, he works hard to make sure that he finishes what he sets out to do and checks in with those he promised regularly. He is dependable and forthright.
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Hill has preserved the caliber and integrity of the Harbor Light programs while continuously seeking for ways to improve their efficiency.
He has negotiated on behalf of The Salvation Army with various 3rd party funders, including HUD, State of Ohio, Ohio Development Services Agency, Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, United Way, Office of Homeless Services, etc. He has prepared numerous contracts and agreements with a variety of community partners. He maintains extensive networking contacts in Cuyahoga County, throughout Ohio, and nationally.
Beau Hill participated in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, was honored with the International Community Corrections Association’s President’s Award, and recruited to join its board of Directors. He’s been involved with the Ohio Community Corrections Association (OCCA) for over ten years and was twice recognized for his involvement; once in 2011, with the OCCA Leadership Award and again in 2013 in recognition of his service as OCCA President. Upon her installation as president, Mr. Hill’s successor had this to say, “I began working with Beau several years ago as a peer in the Ohio Community Corrections Association. Although I did not have a history with Beau like other members of the association, I quickly learned that Beau is a man of integrity, compassion and dedication to his work at The Salvation Army Harbor Light. He is highly respected, engaging and had the ability to bring an environment of inclusion to all members of the association. Working in this field of human services is not simply a job or career for Beau, it is his life. Beau exemplifies the mission of The Salvation Army.”
Mr. Hill has had a profound and impactful influence on many he encounters, whether it is a judge in Cuyahoga County’s Court of Common Pleas, an Ohio Senator, Harbor Light Complex Advisory Council members, his fellow employees, or a client he casually meets as he navigates the floors of HLC. He believes in the Biblical mandate to be “his brother’s keeper.” His actions are motivated by his love for God, and he works tirelessly and devotedly to care for others.
In May of 1912, the Founder of The Salvation Army, General William Booth, uttered the following words:
While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight!
While little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight!
While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, I’ll fight!
While there is a drunkard left,
While there is a poor girl left upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight!
I’ll fight to the very end!
Beau can recite these words by heart. They are what motivate him to do what he does. He’s a fighter. He’s passionate about others. He’s determined.
The mission of The Salvation Army is:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
These words are also inscribed on Beau’s heart and mind. He believes in the Biblical mandate to be “his brother’s keeper.” Beau’s actions are motivated by his love for God, and he works tirelessly and devotedly to meet the needs of others.
Beau is married and has three (3) sons.