LISA, Inc. raising funds to replace 'eyesore' of a ramp

Published on Monday, 19 March 2018 20:24
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON - LISA, Inc. (Living in Safe Alternatives) is asking their supporters to “ramp it up” and help them fund a new handicapped accessibility ramp for their residential home.

LISA, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe, stable home-like environment for young girls in the care of child protection services.

According to Liz Hyatt, associate director of development for the organization, LISA, Inc. is in “dire need” of a modernized, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant wheelchair ramp for their residential facility, which provides housing for 17 to 21 year old girls.

“The current metal structure is not only rusting after 12 years, but is slippery and dangerous in wet weather conditions,” said Hyatt. “Aesthetically, the over-sized ramp sends the wrong message about the home environment we want to provide the diverse population of young people we serve. Replacing this outdated, unsafe eyesore of a ramp will help us provide equal access to this incredible program for all girls in our care.”

“Once we’ve raised money for the new ramp we can probably have it up in a week or two,” said Kim Selvaggi, executive director of LISA, Inc. “The one we have is rusting and it’s not only slippery when it’s icy, its slippery when it’s wet, too. We can’t put any de-icing materials on it because there are holes in it. We want our building to be accessible to anyone who needs it, their family members and friends and our staff. It’s also an eyesore and doesn’t depict the kind of environment that we want to offer our kids.”

Hyatt has set up a GoFundMe page, gofundme.com/lisainc-org, which is seeking to raise $15,000 to pay for the new ramp.

The fundraiser was created Feb. 27 and as of March 14 it had raised $855.

LISA’s stated mission is to “provide safe, supportive, empowering programs that build skills, awaken hope for the future, and help young people successfully transition into adulthood.”

For more than 40 years, it has served young people from across the state in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, with programs in Bristol, Plainville and Southington. Clients have survived neglect, abuse and loss and are eager to have a successful future.

For more information on LISA Inc., call 860-426-0946, visit lisainc.org or visit facebook.com/LISAincadminpage.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Southington Herald on Monday, 19 March 2018 20:24. Updated: Monday, 19 March 2018 20:27.