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The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Grants LISA, Inc. $11,000 to Create a Trauma-Informed Group Home Environment

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain granted $11,000 to LISA, Inc. to transform the Plainville Group Home for Girls into a trauma-informed environment. These renovations are not only to provide the space with a “facelift”, but to create a warm, safe, and relaxed environment where residents can call home.
The purpose of the grant request was to partially fund the transformation and renovation of the interior living space at the Plainville Group Home (PGH). A trauma- informed approach requires an understanding of all aspects of programming and service delivery – especially the physical space that the program or service occupies. The old, outdated, worn, and dark space at PGH generally created a “depressing” environment for both residents and staff.  Understanding that part of what defines a program as trauma-informed is how a person feels within the space, especially for adolescent girls who survived victimization and loss, compelled LISA, In. to take action and recreate the physical space into a calm, welcoming, girl-friendly environment.
The agency recognizes the impact that trauma has on behavior, development, and relationships. To set the stage for healing and growth, it was essential that the physical space be updated, refreshed, and renewed. The changed environment impacted the residents by reducing stress, enhanced their feelings of being in a warm, home-like environment, and resulted in better satisfaction with the physical environment, overall.  
LISA’s House at Plainville Group Home operates as a “house community”, where every resident played a role in the design and space-use decisions, often finding meaningful opportunities to use their creative voices. In addition, there is now a “Girls Central” space that is a space for homework, phone time, girls’ mailboxes, daily schedules and notices. All spaces, both for residents and staff, are now accessible and have dual purposes, allowing for a variety of activity to be going on simultaneously.  Color and design choices were made to ensure a seamless continuity of color, texture and fabric, adding to the sense of certainty of one’s environment.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Britain was founded in 1941, and has since distributed an average of $1 million in grants per year to humanitarian, educational and cultural organizations. The organization connects donors who care to causes that matter to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. The CFGNB currently supports agencies and causes in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. 



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