Lisa's Wish

Lisa’s WISH is a gender responsive, trauma-informed program

We offer:

·         A warm, safe and structured independent living environment in a beautiful updated Victorian home

·         On-site, comprehensive case management including medical, therapeutic, educational and other pertinent outreaches

·         Assessment of risks, needs and strengths

·         Empowering groups such as; Girls Circle, VOICES and My Life My Choice

·         Academic support and tutoring

·         Real-world life skills development

·         Vocational development and career guidance

·         Opportunities to develop ethics and responsibilities

·         Connections to individual, group and family therapy within the community

·         Development of intrinsic motivation for a meaningful future

·         Provide training and assessments for substance use and abuse.

·         Prevention and connection to intensive substance treatment if needed.

·         Staff will provide after care services for 3-4 months following discharge to ensure connections and linkages are in place. 


Resident Profile


The target population includes young women age 17-20, involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems, and may have been deemed “hard to place”. This includes young women who;

  • Have survived abuse and /or neglect
  • Have low or challenged cognitive functioning
  • May be victims of sex trafficking
  • Struggle with self-control
  • Want to develop new coping skills
  • Have difficulty forming and maintaining relational bonds
  • Want to reunite with family and/or pro-social supports
  • Are interested in transitioning to an independent living setting
  • May have used or is using substances



At Lisa’s Wish young women will:

  1. Stabilize and/or begin their healing process
  2. Be able to demonstrate the ability to transition to a fully independent living setting and maintain self sufficiency
  3. Continue education/vocational program and successfully graduate
  4. Obtain and maintain, employment skills & gainful employment
  5. Establish connections to kin, permanent supports and community resources
  6. Learn self-advocacy and become self sufficient


Program Model Information

Residents are met with a gender-responsive, trauma-informed, relational and strengths-based approach by all staff. This therapeutic culture unifies best practices for at-risk and court-involved adolescent girls who are survivors of trauma and have had multiple disruptions and not yet stabilized in a forever home.  Staff integrates the following into the program:

Motivational Interviewing- effective motivational strategy to stimulate and sustain behavior change.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention- de-escalation techniques and safe physical interventions to minimize harm to ones’ self and others.

The TIER System for Girls- gender responsive, trauma-informed behavior motivation system that creates a culture of safety and increased girls’ intrinsic motivation to learn safe, healthy behaviors.

Staff are active partners in the facilitation of the 3-5-7 model which is an effective permanency approach that supports adolescent readiness for permanency and ongoing relationships with a committed adult.


For more information about Lisa's WISH 


Program Director 

Christina Cicero, LPC

Phone: (860)-747-9930