Who We Are

Sara’s House/Place is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works with women and children in transition. We help individuals and families that are in the midst of a significant life-altering change. Those that we serve often come from backgrounds wrought with domestic violence, sexual abuse,  divorce, unemployment, low-income, and situations that require immediate assistance or intervention. As an organization, we are able to help people move from a time of stress and strife to one of empowerment. We work with people in their quest to live and thrive.

Our originator and pioneer, Sara B. Coats (1915-2002), served as a community matriarch caring for and assisting many women and children. With her kindness and compassion, she nurtured people and opened her home and services to those in need. She helped people as they moved from situations that were often dire into those that were empowering, enlightening, and uplifting. With an emphasis on prayer, faith, and determination, she showed people that their dreams of a better life could be made manifest. Transitioning from a chrysalis in a cocoon to a beautiful butterfly is our symbol of opportunity and ambition. Mrs. Coats’ philosophy of this symbol allowed her to show how lives can be transformed for greatness. Sara’s House/Place affords us the opportunity to keep her vision alive.

Sara’s House/Place Board of Directors consists of married women, single mothers, retirees and professionals in the medical, education, banking, social services, corporate and legal fields.

Our Mission

Our Motto

"We are a group of empowered women with a divine purpose to empower women."


Sara’s House/Place works to break the cycles of abuse, disenfranchisement, homelessness, and the breakdown of familial disconnect that women and children are often immersed in. We are an agency of inspiration and empowerment that provides the necessary resources and skills for thriving independence. By creating programs and environments that foster development, we are able to teach strategies that are life-changing and life-affirming. Ultimately, our larger mission is to create a facility for women and children allowing residency opportunities that provide enrichment sessions and programs. This project will be our “Women in Transition” initiative and more information is listed below.

Meet The Founder

Geneva Jackson

In keeping with the mission that her grandmother, Mrs. Sara B. Coats, started, Geneva Jackson has taken the charge in maintaining the legacy of empowerment, mentorship, and the continuation of development of women and children. As Mrs. Coats saw the devastation of women and children experienced through homelessness and abuse, she sought to eradicate the problems. Although, Geneva has never experienced homelessness or abuse, in 2005 she was inspired to assist women that were living in a cycle of hurt and pain. Geneva, at the time, did not realize that she was being prepared for an expansive journey by allowing women young and old to come to her for advice and counseling. Her guidance and ability to lend an ear to those that often needed someone to connect with was the impetus and springboard for the creation of Sara’s House/Place.


With an extensive career and a thirst for continual knowledge, Geneva was formerly employed by the City of Detroit for over 20 years in various positions.Throughout the years Geneva has also taken courses at Wayne County Community College District and participated in Michigan State University and University of Michigan Income Tax Training classes. She has also completed a course in Grant Writing through the State of Michigan and the Grantsmanship Center. She has also held several leadership positions in her church.


Sara’s House/Place is named in honor of Geneva’s late maternal grandmother, Sara B. Coats. Mrs. Coats was a kind, compassionate, and nurturing woman that believed strongly in the importance of working with community members in need. She always opened her door to women and children needing assistance. She imparted upon Geneva that there was a “special call” on her life and that it is incumbent upon her to keep herself in a place where she could be used for greater service. And now, through Sara’s House/Place, Geneva has answered the call.


Both Sara’s House/Place and Geneva have received several awards and recognitions for outstanding civic and community service from the following organizations and corporations:


  • Faith with Heels (2011)

  • Verizon’s Everyday Heroes (2012) out of the five categories, Geneva was the only female recipient

  • SISTAH’S Ministry International “Woman of the Year Award for Community Service” (2012)

  • Health Promotions “Promo for a Cause" (2013)

  • “Sojourner Truth Honorary Award” from First Lady Motivation” (2013)

  • Heineken “25 Women of Excellence” (2013)

  • UAW/Ford “A Detroiter Making Black History” (2014)

  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Pi Zeta Chapter Community Service Award

  • The National Assoc., of Negro Business & Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., Detroit Chapter Community Service Award



What We Do

   Annual Baby Shower

Once a year Sara’s House/Place sponsors a community baby shower for homeless/low-income women and pregnant teens. Donations of car seats, strollers, diaper bags filled with diapers, wipes, bottles, lotion, baby powder and two outfits, are given to each mother. Each mother also receives a gift bag prepared especially for them. During this event, lunch is included for all participants.


Workshops include:

  •  Financial Literacy

  •  Résumé Writing

  •  Vision Boards/Goal Setting Techniques

  •  Parenting Classes

  •  Guest Speakers

       - Doctors

       - Authors

       - Local Radio & Television Personalities

       - Survivor Speakers

       - Motivational Speakers

We also sponsor once a year a luncheon honoring survivors of domestic violence.


Sara’s House/Place is very active in the community and has partnered with several organizations to help uplift and encourage.

Women in Transition Project

One of our key goals is to create a residence for women (and their children) to reside for a minimum of two years as they are guided and developed to create a sustainable and thriving lifestyle of their own.  With women in transition typically having to rely primarily on services through local shelters, they often are only able to have temporary housing on a “first come, first served” basis that places a small window under which they can reside (typically between 30-90 days).  We are currently seeking opportunities to build a facility that will extend the opportunity for residence as well as provide counseling and enrichment services.  The services will include:


  • Money Management

  • Health & Wellness

  • Education (General Education Diploma)

  • Spiritual Enrichment

  • Family Care

  • Job Readiness


How You Can Help

Download Our Volunteer Application

Help to Support a Worthy Cause

Your tax-deductible donation will help jump-start the new beginnings for Sara’s House/Place. Whether monetary or in-kind gifts, we need and greatly appreciate your donation.

With your help, women and children will have access to the resources they need to become the best they can be and fly free like a butterfly. 


This is how the power of your donations can change lives:

  • $2,000 - Will give 20 moms personal hygiene product kits

  • $1,000 - Will give 10 moms personal hygiene product kits

  • $500 - Will purchase 10 car seats

  • $250 - Will purchase 15 umbrella strollers

  • $100 - Will purchase 5 boxes of diapers


Once we have established a central location to house residents, present workshops, seminars, and programs, your donation of the following items will be great appreciated:


  • Funding for renovations and upgrades

  • Assorted furniture, (beds, mattress, night stands, lamps) furnishings

  • Commercial stove/oven

  • Commercial refrigerator/freezer

  • Dishwasher

  • Washing machines

  • Dryers

  • Computers

  • Computer desks

  • Computer chairs

  • Printers

  • Fax machine

  • Copier

  • Paper shredder

  • Internet and cable/satellite access

  • File cabinets

  • Shelving units


Please contact us for more information such as drop off locations, available dates and times at (313) 473-7814.  Or to make a monetary donation please contact Geneva Jackson. 





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Sara's House Annual Baby Shower
Sara's House Annual Baby Shower

Sara's House Annual Baby Shower located in Southfield Michigan. A Place to support for women in transition. Donations Accepted.

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