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Sierra House in the News
Kean University Frat Buys Land for a Sierra House Family
NEWARK - A group of Kean University fraternity members are doing their part to help a family in need. The members of Iota Phi Theta bought a plot of land in Newark for $1,000. The city ran a special program on Valentine’s Day, selling couples empty lots for a cheap price if they agreed to build on the land and live there for five years.
The city allowed the fraternity to buy the land because the students will be allowing a homeless family to live there, free of charge. That family is currently living in a shelter.
“I see a chance to change someone’s life,” says senior Tosin Oduwole.The hope is to break ground on their lot by April and have the family move into the new home by the summer. “We want to teach that to new people soon to join [the fraternity], that we continually and forever will do what we can to give back to our community,” Oduwole says. “I want to be 60 years old and this initiative our organization is doing is still happening.”
Once they submit plans to the city, the fraternity should receive the title and deed.
They are already working with a contractor on a prefabricated home that should cost less than $100,000 to build. They are raising money through a GoFundMe Page.
Sierra House PSA
Sierra House debuts "Hope Lives Here"
Hope Lives Here is a startling exploration of the real life stories of homeless young women and their babies living at Sierra House, a shelter for homeless youth. "Whatever you think you know about being homeless is about to be challenged. "This exhilarating play will make you laugh, cry and experience what it’s really like to be homeless. The play gives a voice to the struggles experienced by the homeless young women of Sierra House as well as from our community. By sharing their stories, we hope to raise public awareness and understanding of the importance of transitional homes like Sierra House. Proceeds will benefit the good work of Sierra House.
Sierra House in the community....
You can read more about the good work that Seirra House is doing by clicking on the below links:
Interview w/Sierra House Case Manager- 2021
Interview w/Sierra House Resident: Nijah- 2021
Sierra House 2019 Annual Report
Star Ledger- March 12, 2015
EyeWitnesse News 7- February 27, 2015
News12 NJ- February 12, 2015
Great Nonprofits Report- 2013
East Orange Record- 2013
East Orange Record- 2012
Star Ledger- 2007
City of East Orange Job Opportunity
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