SOUTHINGTON ‚Äď LISA, Inc. is having an Open House at its Lisa‚Äôs Wish location Nov. 28 and will showcase the services that they offer for teens in the care of the Department of Children and Families.
The tour will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at a location which people can learn about by calling LISA, Inc. to register.
Visitors will be given a tour of the facility, and those benefiting from the programs will have an opportunity to assist with the tours. Staff will also discuss each of the programs and initiatives.
‚ÄúFor many years we have been trying to find a way to encourage the community to connect with our young people, especially during the holidays,‚ÄĚ said Kim Selvaggi, executive director of LISA, Inc. ‚ÄúOur ‚ÄėWish Upon A Star‚Äô initiative will allow people to purchase gifts from wish lists created by our teens. These lists will be posted during the tour and we will also have copies to hand out. This is a way to have a direct impact on a person‚Äôs life this holiday season.‚ÄĚ
Selvaggi said this is the second time that LISA, Inc. has held an open house. Last year, 35 people participated and many of them made donations that greatly improved the facility.
‚ÄúHQ Landscaping put in a new walkway for us,‚ÄĚ said Selvaggi.
LISA, Inc. offers several programs for youths in need.
The program LISA‚Äôs Wish is an eight-bed supported living program for 17- to 21-year-old girls living in residence. They receive case management and a connection to support, clinical services and life skills. They are also helped to create plans for independent living.
LISA, Inc. also offers the SAIL (Supported Apartments and Independent Living) program, which is a program operating out of 12 apartments in Bristol.
‚ÄúYoung people live in apartments and practice living on their own while we have staff available in adjacent apartments 24 hours a day, seven days a week,‚ÄĚ said Selvaggi.
LISA, Inc. also has a Community Based Life Skills program that is provided to young people living with foster families. Staff help them to assess their life skill levels and work one on one with participants to help improve their skills and gain the confidence they need to be prepared to adulthood.
Selvaggi encouraged people to take the tours and help support children in need.
‚ÄúWith the holiday season approaching, so many of us are blessed in so many ways,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúBut it can really fill your heart to help give back to a young person who may not have access to all the supports or resources they need.‚ÄĚ
For more information, including the location of the Open House, call LISA, Inc. at 203-879-9233 or visit lisainc.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.