Mission Statement

Newburgh Interfaith Emergency Housing Incorporated exists to provide housing and services to address and prevent homelessness among individuals and families


The organization began in the late 1980’s and successfully transformed from a trail blazing grassroots organization to a private not for profit agency that identifies and responds to housing needs in the community. Newburgh Interfaith Emergency Housing Inc. is a joint venture of the Greater Newburgh Ministerial Association and the Christian Ministerial Fellowship of Newburgh & Vicinity, INC comprising over fifty area churches. The group envisioned and created a home like environment with on-site services where families could preserve their independence and feel safe and supported while coping with the experience of homelessness. NIEH renovated the former nurse’s residence of St Luke’s Cornwall-Hospital to create sixteen apartments, office space, a child care, and an activities center. They opened Project L.I.F.E., (Living Independently For Everyone) in 1992 as a New York State licensed Tier II shelter that provides transitional housing for homeless families who are Residents of Orange County.


Newburgh Interfaith Emergency Housing, Inc., was formed as a corporation on May 12, 1989, for the purpose of constructing, providing and maintaining housing and support services to homeless families, and is recognized as a not-for- profit charitable organization under Section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our organizational structure includes an 18 member Board of Directors who volunteer their time to provide programmatic and financial oversight, policy and procedure review, evaluation, and strategic planning of operations.

Jesse L. Howard


Jesse L. Howard a long-time resident of Newburgh, NY for more than 57 years. Serves on the Board of N.I.E.H. more than 8yrs. Jesse graduated from two Newburgh schools South Jr. High and Newburgh Free Academy. He majored in business law and business management and received an Associate Degree in Business Management.

Jesse worked as a first line supervisor for OPRHP New York State Parks for more than 33 years. As an entrepreneur business owner for more than 25 years. Jesse brings to the Board of N.I.E.H. over 20 years of first line supervisory/management experience. His love for God and the Newburgh community helped him to become and Chaplain and an Elder/Pastor in his local church.

He has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, Masters in Counseling and a Master Instructor Rank in Chaplaincy. All this combine with his life experience works together for him to help meet many needs of homelessness in Newburgh, NY and the surrounding area.

Jesse enjoys bowling, photography, hiking in State Parks, reading and traveling with family and friends.


Vice President

Sandra Mays-Moore

Executive Secretary

Member of The Christian Ministerial Fellowship of Newburgh & Vicinity. Serves on the Board of Directors as Corporate Secretary for N.I.E.H. and The Christian Ministerial Fellowship of Newburgh & Vicinity. Executive Assistant in Mental Health in Dutchess County. Enjoys working with people.

Debbie Lewis-Vann

Treasurer Finance

Debbie Lewis-Vann, a resident of Newburgh for over 15 years, developed a passion for nonprofit organization’s ability to reshape and support wholesomeness in community serves. Inspired by an opportunity, to work with the Center for Equity Health formerly, known as Center for Minority Health in Pittsburgh, PA, observing positive transformation to total wellness among participants.

Debbie pursued advanced academia earning a MSc in Human Behavior and Counseling Studies from Cappella University, Minneapolis, MN in addition to her BSc. in Food and Nutrition Science, minored in Natural Science from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. Debbie enjoys serving her community as a healthcare professional in various setting. She values family time and enjoys hiking, cooking, planting her vegetable garden and touring historical sites, glazing into the beautiful green luscious mountains of the Hudson River.

Pastor Ron Truncali

Finance -Committee Chair


Executive Committee – Jesse L. Howard, Chair
Finance Committee – Ron Turncali, Chair
Fundraising committee – Sandra Mays Moore, Chair
Nominating Committee – No Chair

Personnel Committee – Jesse L. Howard, Chair
Public Relations Committee – Debbie Lewis Vann, Chair
Strategic Planning – No Chair

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