Sierra House, Inc.
Sierra House currently consists of three programs: the Sierra House Transitional Program, Sierra House Family Support Services (FSS), and the Sierra House Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP). Together, these three initiatives work to help individuals and families to fulfill their potential by mitigating homelessness and socioeconomic challenges and risks.
Sierra House Transitional Program
The Sierra House Transitional Program is a two-year program that provides housing, case management, and critical social services to homeless youth as well as young mothers 18 to 25 years of age and their children. For the past 17 years, the Sierra House Transitional Program has done an outstanding job of improving the lives of homeless women and children by providing them with a place to live, transitioning them to their own apartments, preparing them for school and/or careers, addressing their social service needs, and providing them with a wide variety of life skills.
Sierra House Family Support Services (FSS)
Sierra House offers Individual Support Services (ISS) and Intensive In-Home Community Services (IIC) services to assist youth with developmental disabilities and strengthen families and to help youth in crisis. These services are provided to youth with challenging behaviors, youth in crisis, and youth with developmental disabilities up to 21 years old. The goal of these services is to help youth and his or her family to achieve or maintain increased independence, productivity, enhanced family functioning, and inclusion in the community.
Sierra Individual Support Services (ISS)
ISS provides individualized support services to eligible children, youth, and young adults under age 21 who have challenging behaviors and developmental disabilities. Each youth and his or her family receives personalized one-on-one services and an individual support plan designed just for him or her. The program serves youth and their families and has been successful in providing consumers with the skills necessary to achieve and/or maintain the outcomes of increased independence and inclusion in the community.
ISS include but are not limited to the following:
Basic Activities of Daily Living (BADLs) skill building. BADLs consist of self-care tasks, including but not limited to:
- Bathing and showering;
- Personal hygiene and grooming;
- Washing hair;
- Brushing teeth; and
- Toilet hygiene.
- Taking medications as prescribed;
- Managing money;
- Shopping for groceries or clothing;
- Use of telephone or other forms of communication;
- Using technology (as applicable); and
- Using public transportation.
Sierra House Intensive In-Home Community Services (IIC)
IIC is a short-term, solution-focused intervention with specific and attainable goals. Services are geared toward resulting in behaviors that provide the youth and his or her family/caregiver with insight to improve the youth’s function at home and in the community. IIC services include goal-oriented and needs-based clinical interventions that address the emotional and behavioral challenges of youth with moderate to high needs. IIC services are provided in the youth’s home or in a community location by a licensed behavioral health clinician. The overarching goal of IIC is to stabilize and support the youth and his or her family/caregiver/guardian in an effort to prevent the need for more intensive interventions.
These services are intended to be part of a comprehensive plan of care driven by the youth and his or her family to address the assessed needs. The goal of Sierra House’s staff is symptom reduction and individual skill development to restore or maintain the youth’s functioning. The identified treatment needs are clearly documented in the treatment plan, which includes specific therapeutic intervention(s) with benchmarks aimed at the following:
Improving youth and family dynamics and functioning;
Preventing/reducing the need for high-intensity behavioral health or substance use treatment;
Preventing/reducing the need and/or risk for inpatient hospitalization or out-of-home treatment;
Preserving a youth’s current residence; and
Transitioning youth from out-of-home treatment back into the community.
Sierra House Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP)
The mission of the NIP is to support neighborhood stabilization by creating programs that provide working families with homeownership opportunities and affordable housing, as well as business owners with resources for building viable commercial districts. The NIP works closely with residents, nonprofits, the City of East Orange, local banks, funders, and businesses with the hopes of reclaiming East Orange neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosure and abandonment. The program provides working families with homeownership opportunities and affordable housing.
Last Updated: 02/21/20