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The StreetLight building, located in the heart of Elizabeth, New Jersey is under construction. The property will provide easy access for residents to bus and train lines. We are presently raising funds for this initiative.

Sketch of what streetlight designs

When completed the facility will serve two primary functions:

Drop-In Center – Young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will be able to come in for assistance.

Transitional Living – StreetLight building will provide the facilities for residential care and related services for 20 young adults in single room bedrooms.

Project Components

Site Plan

Combined Floor Plan of Lower Floor
Front – Reception, Offices, Multipurpose room, Bathrooms & Shower
Back – Kitchens, Dining Room, Great Room, Office, & Patio 

Upper Floor
10 male bedrooms, bathroom and lounge
10 female bedrooms, bathroom and lounge


Reverends Paul and Karen Yuschak had been serving the poor of Union County since 2004. In 2008, they started the StreetLight Mission, a faith-based non-profit, dedicated to demonstrating the love of God to those struggling from poverty and abuse.

The Yuschaks were frustrated by the number of young people who were in crisis that they could not get help. To address the problem, StreetLight Mission purchased a property to provide residential care and related support services to those in need.

Rather than doing the construction project on their own, StreetLight Mission’s leadership team felt it would be best to leverage Covenant House New Jersey’s expertise in caring for homeless youth. In December of 2017, StreetLight Mission gave all of their assets including the StreetLight property to CHNJ.

Pastor Karen Yuschak joined the CHNJ team and is working with them to raise funds, complete construction, and to get the StreetLight building open. The goal of the project is to rescue more young people, giving them a future that is bright.


StreetLight’s Program Board

Coordinator – Karen Yuschak

Board Members: This Program Board is under development.

What We Need

Please consider a donation to our Strategic Fund Campaign to help us complete the StreetLight building so we can help more young people.
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Are you a youth in need of help?