SOUTHINGTON - LISA, Inc. (Living in Safe Alternatives) is asking their supporters to â€śramp it upâ€ť and help them fund a new handicapped accessibility ramp for their residential home.
LISA, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe, stable home-like environment for young girls in the care of child protection services.
According to Liz Hyatt, associate director of development for the organization, LISA, Inc. is in â€śdire needâ€ť of a modernized, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant wheelchair ramp for their residential facility, which provides housing for 17 to 21 year old girls.
â€śThe current metal structure is not only rusting after 12 years, but is slippery and dangerous in wet weather conditions,â€ť said Hyatt. â€śAesthetically, the over-sized ramp sends the wrong message about the home environment we want to provide the diverse population of young people we serve. Replacing this outdated, unsafe eyesore of a ramp will help us provide equal access to this incredible program for all girls in our care.â€ť
â€śOnce weâ€™ve raised money for the new ramp we can probably have it up in a week or two,â€ť said Kim Selvaggi, executive director of LISA, Inc. â€śThe one we have is rusting and itâ€™s not only slippery when itâ€™s icy, its slippery when itâ€™s wet, too. We canâ€™t put any de-icing materials on it because there are holes in it. We want our building to be accessible to anyone who needs it, their family members and friends and our staff. Itâ€™s also an eyesore and doesnâ€™t depict the kind of environment that we want to offer our kids.â€ť
Hyatt has set up a GoFundMe page, gofundme.com/lisainc-org, which is seeking to raise $15,000 to pay for the new ramp.
The fundraiser was created Feb. 27 and as of March 14 it had raised $855.
LISAâ€™s stated mission is to â€śprovide safe, supportive, empowering programs that build skills, awaken hope for the future, and help young people successfully transition into adulthood.â€ť
For more than 40 years, it has served young people from across the state in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, with programs in Bristol, Plainville and Southington. Clients have survived neglect, abuse and loss and are eager to have a successful future.
For more information on LISA Inc., call 860-426-0946, visit lisainc.org or visit facebook.com/LISAincadminpage.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.