Bringing Families Hope One Individual At a Time

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March 05, 2014

2013 fall grantee My Home, Your Home Inc. and it’s program, Lissy’s Place, share the common commitment with MAXIMUS Foundation to help disadvantaged populations and underserved communities while offering programming that promotes personal growth and community development.

MHYH recognized that girls aging out of foster care are ill prepared to provide for themselves financially as well as socially or emotionally. For these reasons, in 2001, MHYH established Lissy’s Place to help vulnerable young women, including those who have “aged out” of the foster care system, develop the skills to achieve independence and self-sufficiency. In Milwaukee, 250 young people exit the foster care system annually without the resources, support system or tools to live independently. These young people are at great risk for exploitation and homelessness.

The objective of Lissy’s Place is to help young women end the cycle of poverty and homelessness through the development of employment, educational, financial, physical and mental health and personal goals. Upon entrance, participants sign a 10-page agreement, acknowledging program expectations as well as their rights and responsibilities. MHYH also continues to offer services to young women through wraparound who are aging out of foster care and need a stable environment. There is significant potential impact with the services offered through Lissy’s Place to help cultivate young women citizens who gain the skills and confidence to become self-sufficient productive members of society. MHYH’s mission is to “Bring families hope, one individual at a time.” Lissy’s Place has 17 rooms, and serves 40-50 young women annually, and have the potential to affect these young women’s lives in a positive way with strong outcomes.

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