Hallmark Channel Movie Highlights Boys' Home

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Doug and Robbie Smith sold the family business in 1984. They bought a yacht and planned to sail the country. That trip never happened.

But they have taken a journey that is now the focus of a Hallmark Channel movie.

Before the Jacksonville, Fla., couple could take their leisure tour on the water, a friend asked them to look after two teenage boys in trouble.

Twenty-five years later, they are still taking care of boys in trouble and doing it on the water at the Safe Harbor Boys Home.

This weekend's Hallmark Channel movie, Safe Harbor, takes a look at how it all got started. 

CBN News traveled to the Safe Harbor Boys Home in Jacksonville and spent time with the 12 boys who live there now.

Each one lives aboard his very own boat and is responsible for all the upkeep. 

We also met Matthew Evans. Today he is married with children and he is a truck driver. He's a happy man -- walking strong in his faith.

But it was different story 22 years ago when he arrived at Safe Harbor.

"I was headed down a bad road.  I was getting in trouble.  I would probably be in jail or worse.  I am who I am today because of the way Doug raised me," Evans said.

 

 

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