Open House at LISA, Inc. to show how program opens doors for youth

Published on Thursday, 22 November 2018 20:27
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON – LISA (Living In Safe Alternatives), Inc. will be holding an Open House Nov. 27, inviting people to learn about the programs, services and holiday gift drives they provide to youth taken from abusive home situations. Visitors can also learn how to help out.

The Open House will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at LISA, Inc.’s facilities. Due to the sensitive nature of these programs, those who wish to participate are asked to call 860-426-0946 or email Liz Hyatt, associate director of development, at ehyatt@lisainc.org for the location of the event.

During the Open House, Hyatt said that people will have the opportunity to meet youths who have graduated from LISA, Inc.’s programs and listen to them speak about their experiences.

“This is an opportunity for people to learn all about LISA, Inc. and the programs and services we provide,” said Hyatt. “The majority of youth in our program were abused and neglected at the hands of their own families that come to us so we can provide them with a more stable environment. We then help them to grow and become independent and successful. Our Board members and ambassadors will also be there to speak with people about what we do.”

Hyatt said that LISA, Inc. partners with the STEPS Coalition’s substance abuse program and also has a life skills program and a job skills training program.

“We piloted our ‘worn-n-progress’ program this summer in which we brought in professionals from the community to teach our youth about how to write job applications, conduct mock interviews and teach them how to keep their jobs,” said Hyatt. “We recently received a $2,500 grant from Liberty Bank to continue that program in the spring.”

LISA, Inc. also sponsors a “Wish Upon A Star” Holiday Gift Drive where youths fill out a wish list of clothing and other household items that visitors can purchase for them and make their holiday season a bit brighter.

“We will have a wrapping party on Dec. 13 where volunteers come in and help wrap all these gifts,” said Hyatt.

Lisa, Inc. came to Southington four years ago and currently provides programs and services to 30 youth in the custody of DCF (The Department of Children and Families) in their Bristol and Plainville residential programs and their Community Based Life Skills Program throughout the state.

“We are grateful the local communities have generously embraced our agency and mission,” said Hyatt. “Through our Open House we are able to provide a means for others to connect with us and strengthen the circle of caring we have around every youth in our programs.”

Donations from the community help LISA, Inc. continue to improve their programs.

“We are focusing our efforts toward enhancing our Community Based Programs to reach and serve more youth in need throughout the entire state,” said Hyatt.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 22 November 2018 20:27. Updated: Thursday, 22 November 2018 20:30.