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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kareen C.


Rating: 5

We were most impressed by the family environment created by the staff.


Rating: 5

I attended the Grand Opening of Sierra House and have been hooked ever since on its purpose and progress. The Executive Director and staff are phenomenal in providing a safe and homey environment for young women who have aged out of the foster care system and find themselves homeless and often with young children. Sierra House provides not only supportive housing, but also education and job opportunities, social and emotional support, guidance and mentoring, fundraising activities, and so much more to enable its residents to succeed and soar. Sierra House of East Orange, NJ is a must-support, must- admire nonprofit organization that is providing a high-quality service to homeless women and children. I look forward to the day when Sierra House transforms into a Sierra House Village!


Rating: 5

Sierra House is one of best organizations addressing the needs of our young women. This organization is an asset to East Orange and the community. We need to continue to support the founder in her effort to help young women be self sufficient. This organization is filling a void and need in our community.