SOUTHINGTON - The Positive Living Center has partnered with LISA, Inc. to hold monthly collections to benefit teens taken from abusive living situations.
Each month, LISA, which stands for “living in safe alternatives,” is providing the Positive Living Center at 132 Main St. (above Webster Bank) with a different list of items to help brighten the lives of teens in their care.
“This is third or fourth month that we have been doing this,” said Lisa Crofton, owner of the Positive Living Center. “Anybody who knows me knows that I have a great big heart for the youth, especially those who are struggling.
“LISA, Inc. is dedicated to a cause close to my heart and we at the Positive Living Center like to help in some small way and bring attention to what they are doing. They put in a tremendous effort to help people start off in life. It is hard enough as it is, but when you lack a foundation it is even more challenging. Hopefully, we can inspire the community to help.”
This month’s theme is “Activities and Adventures.” Community members are asked to donate passes and tickets for sporting events, amusement parks, miniature golf, bowling, painting, movies, go-karts, museums and similar events.
“Our students and clients have been very generous so far,” said Crofton, who added that she has also offered to hold programs with teens in LISA’s care.
“One thing that I have been teaching for the past 10 years is is Miguel Ruiz’s four agreements - four agreements you can make with yourself to create a more peaceful, loving and open life,” said Crofton. “They are: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.”
Debbie Farrell, assistant executive director of LISA, said that “any community partnership is amazing” for the organization.
“The Southington community has embraced us so much,” she said. “There is a limited awareness of programs available out there for teenagers. Teenagers are like the lost population - they are blamed for their problems because they are old enough to express themselves. When they act out, people don’t often stop to look beyond their behavior and think of why they are doing this. This is one of our last opportunities to help them get their lives back on the right path. We don’t want them to get to adulthood without life skills and without healing from their trauma.”
Liz Hyatt, associate director of development with LISA, said these donations will help to provide youths in their programs with “a sense of community support.”
“Every little bit helps and makes a difference,” said Hyatt.
In June, LISA will be asking for gift cards; in July they will be asking for self-care items, and in August they will be collecting back to schools supplies. In September they will be looking for board games and crafts. In October they will seek donatons of kitchen items. In November they are asking for donations of holiday decor and in December they will hold a holiday gift drive.
Information about LISA, Inc. programs can also be found on the “friends we love” board at the Positive Living Center.
Those who donate are asked to bring valuable items inside to the Positive Living Center instead of leaving them in the basket. Crofton said people can come anytime during the morning or early afternoon to make donations. Pickups of larger items can also be arranged by phone call.
For more information on the Positive Living Center, call 860-637-2393 or email .
For more information on LISA, Inc., call 860-426-0946 or visit .
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or .