Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation


Our programs promote self-sufficiency and independence and enhance residents’ ability to function in their communities. Our programs aim to help youth lead healthy, productive and meaningful lives, focusing on five core objectives:

  • To support our young people develop both the skills and personal characteristics that will empower them to live independently
  • To provide education, services and referrals via our community partners that help our young people maintain employment and explore career options
  • To provide wrap around services that will provide them with mental health, substance and medical services.
  • To supply program participants with money management and budgeting skills
  • To assist our young people in the development of healthy, meaningful and supportive relationships



  • Assist in helping LGBT young adults devise their plans to have healthy relationships, employment, stable housing, and positive lives.
  • Partner with promising organizations to create a network of valuable resources our youth can depend on to assist them in achieving their goals.
  • Foster an environment built on green, responsible and sustainable living.
  • Provide behavioral health services, and programming to help empower our youth to live satisfying lives.
  • Listen, access and encourage our young adults to strive for permanent independence by planning, saving and making good choices leading to self-sufficiency.
  • Build a sense of family and connection that many youth have lost or never had effectively.