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Sierra House Expands Spring Gardening Event To City Of East Orange

May 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM

EAST ORANGE, NJ – For the past seven years, Sierra House, a transitional home for homeless young women and their babies in East Orange, has hosted a Spring Gardening Event, featuring volunteers from the community, local churches, schools, and senior centers working on its grounds and gardens. The event teaches Sierra House residents that a crucial part of living independently is taking responsibility for all aspects of their homes.

This year, Sierra House is proud to announce that in addition to working on the grounds and gardens of Sierra House, it is expanding the scope of the Spring Gardening Event to clean-up other sections of the City of East Orange. “Our goal is to let our neighbors know that Sierra House truly cares about the community as a whole and is willing to do its part in maintaining its beauty,” says Keely Freeman, Executive Director of Sierra House.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014, and will kick off at 10 am with a light breakfast and end at 2 pm with a barbecue lunch. If you love gardening, here's a chance to get your hands dirty while having a bunch of fun! Volunteers will assist with mulching, weeding, planting flowers, and street clean-up. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shahilda at (973) 678-3556. 

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Founded in 2002, the mission of Sierra House is to improve the prospects for individual achievement for at-risk youth and young adults. In 2008, Sierra House opened its transitional shelter in East Orange, New Jersey. The Sierra House Transitional Program is a structured two-year program that provides housing, counseling, and other critical social services to homeless young women and mothers, between the ages of 18 and 25, who are victims of abuse or neglect, or are aging out of the foster care system. For more information, visit our website:

Sierra House has earned the Guide Star Exchange Seal, which demonstrates its commitment to transparency, and has been selected a Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Non-Profits.

For more information contact:       

Keely Freeman

Sierra House, Inc.

11 South Maple Avenue

East Orange, NJ 07018

Phone: (973) 678-3556

Fax: (973) 678-2721

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