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Sierra House

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Causes: Group Homes, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Job Training, Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Our mission is to improve the prospects of individual achievement for at-risk youth and young adults through education and community services, thereby contributing to the long-term stability of our community.

Results: Since inception, Sierra House has served 103 women and children. Of the total population served 71 were adults and 32 were babies. At intake (before being enrolled): o 66% had earned a HS diploma or GED o 24% had not earned their HS diploma or GED o 4% were enrolled in HS or a GED program o 13% were enrolled in post secondary education/job training o 69% were unemployed o 3% received unemployment o 38% were mothers While living at Sierra House: o 31% enrolled in college or other postsecondary programs o 9 % enrolled in high school or a GED program o 28% became employed o 1 out of 71 or 1% became pregnant o 6 out of 71 or 9% received their HS diplomas/GEDs o 57% were aided in obtaining public assistance o 11% were terminated for noncompliance Sierra House is proud to report that 70% of those we served transitioned to self-sufficiency. Of this number: o 34% were reunified with their families o 22% moved in a shared apartment o 44% moved into their own apartment

Target demographics: homeless young women and mothers from all over the state of New Jersey to learn the skills needed for self sufficiency and to break the cycle of homelessness

Geographic areas served: State of New Jersey

Programs: shelter, counseling, life skills, educational advancement, and critical social services within a supportive family-like environment.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that provides a safe haven for young women and their children. The energy and the dedication of the staff members is inspiring. And the smiles on the faces of the young women and their children is priceless. I look forward to participating in some small way to their continued success. Sierra House...a valuable asset to the community.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I represent a company that provides printing services for Sierra House. and have been working with them for a couple of years. In that time I have gotten to know their director and this amazing organization. Sierra House is doing extremely valuable and successful work with at-risk women and they should continue to provide these valuable services and expand their reach.Regards,Steve Stern, CCG Marketing Solutions