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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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sierra House provides a comfortable and structured environment for it's residents that allows them to get back on track with their lives. The women of Sierra House are given every opportunity to overcome some of the challenges they have faced in their lives. If you are looking for a cause that has all the essential qualities to accomplish its desired result this is it.

Gilbert Ross

Tamika B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a founding Board member of the Sierra House I am extremely proud of the progress thus far. By design the Sierra House is warm and inviting. Each woman who resides there is treated with respect. I have met a lot of truly remarkable women whom have been able to use the Sierra House to transform their lives for themselves and their children. I love the brightly colored rooms that serves as a beacon of light and hope for a better future! My only hope is that they continue to expand and transform more lives! Good luck!