About LISA, Inc.

 

About Us

Our vision is that all young people in CT have the supports,services and skills they need to be productive members of society. Our mission is to provide safe, supportive, empowering programs and services for vulnerable young people that facilitate healthy development, supportive relationships, positive social and cultural experiences, exploration of spirituality, academic and vocational success, and development of meaningful life skills. 

 

LISA, Inc. (Living In Safe Alternatives, Inc.) is a, 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Our target population includes Connecticut teens in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. The programs and services we provide help young people develop healthy interpersonal relationships, acquire academic achievement, manage social and cultural interactions, facilitate the exploration of spirituality, and teach independent living skills. Many of LISA, Inc.'s programs are funded by the CT Department of Children and Families. We also receive donations and grants from the Plainville Community Foundation and Fund for Women and Girls at the Main Street Community Foundation, the CT Community Foundation, Community Foundation of New Britain, Ion Bank, Naugatuck Valley Savings Bank, The Odyssey Foundation, The Southington Chamber of Commerce and the Melville Foundation. Our annual fundraising activities make a significant impact on the lives of the youth in our care.

 

Current program offerings:

 

Lisa's Wish: Located in Plainville. The Supportive Work, Education, and Transition program serves young women, age 17-20. Serving up to 8 girls, we provide a safe, stable 8-bedroom apartment with staff located in an adjecent area of the program. Weekly opporrtunities for skill development, educational support, and healing is the focus. Our girls have a history of abuse and neglect and have experienced multiple placements throughtout their lives. Lisa's Wish intends to help girls build a foundation for a successful future. 

Supervised Apartments (SAIL) in Bristol: Transitional apartments for up to 12 young adults working towards independence and transition out of DCF care, including expectant mothers and parenting youth. Offering one and two bedroom apartments and 24/7 staff support. Youth are supported in all aspects of their lives, particularly in secondary education, vocational pursuits, higher education and exploration of career and job opportunities.

 

Community Based Life Skills (CBLS): A non-residential, community-based program for youth who reside with a foster family, who are 14-21 years old and reside in the Greater Waterbury area. We provide skill-building workshops and experiential learning opportunities that support youth in foster care to make a successful transition into independent living through group and individualized sessions.

Youth Excellence Project: A volunteer-run group mentoring program that serves male youth ages 13-17 who are in foster care, congregate care or who reside in an independent living facility in CT. Participating youth partake in two weekend-long leadership-building activities per month leading up to a trip to Califorina.

 

My Life, My Choice:  A new curriculum offered to girls ages 14-18 in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Wolcott and Waterbury. MLMC aims at preventing commercial sexual exploitation among adolescent girls by employing survivors as group leaders. For more information about this program, please contact us by calling 860-426-0946.