SOUTHINGTON – LISA (Living In Safe Alternatives) Inc. invites the community to learn about its programs and see how their support benefits area youths at an open house on Nov. 19.
LISA, Inc. helps youths in the care of the Department of Children and Families. The non-profit has programs to help them gain the skills and support they need for successful independent living.
The open house will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For the location, those who wish to attend are asked to contact Elizabeth Hyatt, associate director of development, at 860-426-0946 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is the one time a year that we open our programs to members of the community so that they can see firsthand the supports that we give and how their support can improve the lives of young people,” said Hyatt. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to meet the staff, learn about our programs and connect deeper with our organization.”
Hyatt said that those who attend will be able to speak with representatives from LISA Inc.’s three main programs: Lisa’s Wish, SAIL and the Community Based Life Skills Program. They will also have a chance to speak to some of the youths that have benefitted from these programs.
Lisa’s Wish is a program that helps eight girls in Plainville, ages 17 to 21, to deal with “the wounds of trauma,” Hyatt said. She said they are given life skills and 24/7 support.
SAIL, which stands for Supervised Apartments and Independent Living, supports older youth.
“It’s a little more of an independent living environment geared toward men and women, ages 18 to 23,” said Hyatt.
The Community Based Life Skills Program is open to the larger community, not just youth in DCF custody.
“We work with youth as young as 14 that come to us in need of additional support,” said Hyatt. “We provide an educator to work 1 on 1 with them. They also learn skills to help them become more self-sufficient.”
Between all of its programs, including partnerships with Southington Youth Services’ substance abuse program, LISA Inc. assists more than 100 youths in the community, according to Hyatt.
Those who attend the open house are welcome to donate to LISA. Hyatt said they can pledge a monthly monetary donation or buy gift cards.
For more information on LISA Inc., call 860-426-0946 or visit lisainc.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.