Community Resource

Sierra House, Inc.

(973) 678-3556
East Orange

The Sierra House Transitional Program is a structured two-year program for homeless young women and young mothers, between the ages of 18 and 25, who are victims of abuse, neglect or aging out of the foster care system. Although located in East Orange, NJ, services are not limited to those from this area. Sierra House serves homeless young women regardless of their hometown within the state of New Jersey. Participants of the program are economically disadvantaged and face barriers to employment, education, income, and health when they come to the Sierra House.

In 2008, the Sierra House Transitional Program, a newly renovated 10-bedroom facility with an onsite classroom and office space, proudly opened its doors.  In 2009, a van was donated, which allows Sierra House staff to take residents to and from school, doctor’s appointments, the supermarkets, and other important appointments. In 2010, Sierra House increased program outcomes and began researching alternative income sources. In 2011, the organization opened fully networked computer lab, which is used to provide computer training and job skills training to program participants. In 2012, Sierra House increased program outcomes and resident capacity by forty percent. Last year, Sierra House maintained full capacity, enrolled 5 more residents in college and successfully produced a play entitled “Hope Lives Here” at the South Orange Performing Arts Center that raised awareness among the 800 attendees of the issues faced by homeless young women. Sierra House also expanded its social services program by actively initiating and developing relationships with agencies that offer services used by our residents and by offering college tours for residents.  This year, Sierra House will launch a unique cookie dough fundraising project that not only raises funds critical to maintaining the Sierra House Transitional Program, but also helps educational and community organizations raise funds.

The goal of the Sierra House Transitional Program is to prepare these young women to live independently within the community at large. During the two year program, participants learn a basic set of life skills, including management of daily activities, goal setting, how to interact with prospective employers, and financial skills. It is expected that upon successful completion of the program, each resident is expected to:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED;

  • Have clearly defined career and/or academic goals;

  • Be enrolled in a college, job-training program, and/or other forms of post-secondary educational programs and/or be employed

  • Have satisfactorily completed all on-site educational, parenting and personal development programs;

  • Know how to maintain clean, orderly living conditions;

  • Connect with other community and social support services needed for a healthy lifestyle and to transition to independent living (e.g. counseling, subsidized housing, drug/alcohol rehabilitation, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, etc.);

  • Where appropriate, reunify with family; and

  • Graduate with permanent housing equipped with the skills to live independently and productively in the community at-large.

    The Sierra House Transitional Program provides housing, educational support, job skills, counseling, life skills and critical social services to homeless young women and their children that help them transition to self-sufficiency. The Sierra House Transitional Program is important because it provides much more than a bed and a meal for the night; it provides extensive support services that enable young women to successfully get back on their feet and, most importantly, break the cycle of homelessness.

Eligibility The Sierra House Transitional Program is for homeless young women and young mothers, between the ages of 18 and 25, who are single, pregnant or have up to one child under age 5.
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adults
Gender-Specific
  • Female Only
  • Male Only
Community Services
Basic Needs / Assistance
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Treatment Services
Outpatient Services
Language Spoken
  • French
  • Spanish

Last Updated: 07/03/20