Hope Lives At The Sierra House

Hope-Postcard-4--X-6-_QREAST ORANGE  – Whatever you think you know about homelessness and domestic violence is about to be challenged. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sierra House, Inc. is presenting its first play, Hope Lives Here at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange. The play is an intimate performance about the plight of homeless young women and their children.

This eye-opening dramatization tells the real-life stories of homeless young women and mothers raising their babies while living at Sierra House, a shelter and refuge for these young women and their children. Studies show that a child who is homeless has a 30% chance of becoming homeless as an adult. Women of all ages are at risk for domestic and sexual violence, and those age 20 to 24 are
at the greatest risk of experiencing non-fatal intimate partner violence.

“We want to raise awareness with this play and reduce homelessness and domestic violence here in the state of New Jersey. Homelessness among youth is a taboo subject and we want to bring the issue to light because it’s often not what you think,” said the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sierra House, Keely Freeman.

Hope Lives Here will captivate the audience. It tells the untold stories of several homeless young women. All proceeds from the play will benefit Sierra House and its residents. The play was written by Keely Freeman, with musical direction by Kathy D. Harrison. Ticket prices are $20–$55 and can be purchased at www.HopeLivesHere-ThePlay.com.

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