LISA, Inc. (Living in Safe Alternatives, Incorporated)

safe. supportive. empowering

aka LISA, Inc.   |   Southington, CT   |  www.lisainc.org
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Mission

The mission of LISA, Inc. is to provide safe, supportive, empowering programs and services for vulnerable young people that facilitate healthy development, supportive relationships, positive social and cultural environments, exploration of spirituality, academic and vocational success, and development of meaningful life skills.

Ruling year info

1974

Executive Director

Mrs. Kimberly S Selvaggi

Assistant Executive Director

Mrs. Despina Farrell

Main address

200 Executive Drive Suite 4C

Southington, CT 06489 USA

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EIN

06-0899577

NTEE code info

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Supervised Apartments and Independent Living (SAIL)

The mission of the SAIL Program is to strengthen young adults and their families through support, education and advocacy efforts, while empowering youth to make independent decisions that will guide them in a positive, life changing direction.


Newly Renovated Condo’s at SAIL

In 1990, the SAIL program was developed as a Maternity and Transitional Independent Living Program and it is unlike any other program in the state. The SAIL (Supervised Apartment & Independent Living) program is a Transitional Living Apartment Program (TLAP) that serves male and female residents, ages 21-23 as well as pregnant and parenting young adults. SAIL prepares young adults and pregnant/parenting youth to successfully attain independent living and permanent housing. SAIL provides congregate living which includes 12 efficiency style apartments in Meriden, Connecticut.

The spacious complex also provides space common space for residents to congregate, hold educational groups, tutoring & study hall. At any one time SAIL has the capacity to accommodate up to twelve foster care youth, who are pregnant &/or parenting.

The SAIL model is designed to meet the needs of foster care youth who have proven they have the maturity level & life skills needed to live in a more independent setting. SAIL is also an alternative to more traditional foster home settings. The SAIL program is often an ideal choice for youth who have unique needs including; uncommon language barriers (Korean, Somalian etc.), lack of acceptance of sexual minority or transgender youth by foster care providers or family members; complex medical issues; criminal history or juvenile justice involvement; history of significant trauma &/or parenting or married with young children. The average length of stay ranges from 6 months to 3 years and youth can live at SAIL until they are 23 years old, if they enter services before their 21st birthday.

Programming & Services

The SAIL program provides supportive staff that are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Upon admission to the program, each youth is assigned to an individual Case Manager who will help guide the youth from intake to discharge. Each youth upon admission and throughout their stay is expected to be enrolled in school as well as hold employment.

The staff at SAIL are trained to assess the full spectrum of needs commonly seen in this population including: Physical Needs, Educational Needs, Psychiatric Needs, & common disorders including; Conduct Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Substance Abuse/Dependence, Mood Disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Additionally, they are cognizant of the impact that culture, race, & gender can have on process and outcomes. Discharge and aftercare planning are also important component of the program service delivery & are mindfully planned for.

Population(s) Served

Lisa's Wish is a supportive living program for eight diverse young women, ages 17-21, that is licensed by the Department of Children and Families. This program helps girls in foster care transition into adulthood successfully.

Wish offers a broad spectrum of programs and services including; hands-on job training and vocational skill building, positive recreation activities, psycho-educational and life skills group. Each of the interventions is in is adherence and aligned with principles of gender-responsive and trauma informed programming.

Residents of the program also gain invaluable knowledge about how to successfully live independently. Program Topics Include:
- Nutrition and food management
- Educational goals and guidance
- Money management and banking
- Personal appearance and hygiene
- Setting up a budget
- How to find a good apartment
- Understanding a lease
- Time management
- Career and vocational goal setting
- Buying and financing; being an informed consumer
- Legal rights and responsibilities
- Sexual awareness and STDs
- Job application and resume writing
- Effective relationship building

Home-Like Environment: Wish strives to provide a "home-like" environment for the girls in our care. Meals are served family style each day with girls taking active roles in shopping, preparing and cooking the food to be served. Both residents and staff eat around a large table and talk about the day. Each resident is encouraged to have friends over the house, talk on the phone, go to the movies and engage in typical adolescent activities.

Population(s) Served

The Community Based Life Skills (CBLS) program offers comprehensive individual training with life skills coaches that covers material important for successful independent living. The program runs on a Spring and Fall semester schedule. The curriculum is geared towards improving each youth’s ability to maximize his or her potential in school, at work and in the community.


The Community Based Life Skills Program Assists Youth in Gaining Invaluable Knowledge on Living Successfully as an Independent Adult.

Topics include:
◦Nutrition & food management
◦Personal appearance & hygiene
◦Money management & banking
◦Buying & financing/Being an educated consumer
◦Renting an apartment
◦Understanding a lease
◦Time management
◦Improving academic achievement
◦Educational planning & guidance, including help with college applications
◦Career & vocational guidance
◦Job application & resume writing
◦Job interviewing skills
◦Legal rights & responsibilities
◦AIDs, STDs & Sexual Awareness
◦Drug & alcohol awareness
◦Self-esteem and motivation
◦Effective relationship building & problem solving
◦Personal responsibility & ethics

Community Based Life Skills Program Participants

LISA, Inc.'s Community Based Life Skills Program serves youth age 14 and older, who are in the care of the State of Connecticut Department of Children & Families. All youth attending CBLS live in foster homes throughout Connecticut. These are teens who are facing the transition into adulthood and independence and are in need of building skills to enable them to live independently.

Population(s) Served
Population(s) Served

A group curriculum for adolescents that aims to prevent and/or intervene in commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. This program was made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Population(s) Served

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LISA, Inc. (Living in Safe Alternatives, Incorporated)

Board of directors
as of 1/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alicia Davis

Transformative Leadership Strategies

Term: 2017 - 2020

Ralph Holyst

HQ Dumpsters & Recycling LLC

Bob Corjulo

Physicians Risk Management

Shirene Hazel

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No