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Mission Statement

It is the mission of LifeTies to provide quality care and services to youth in crisis due to abuse, neglect, homelessness, health issues or HIV/AIDS. All of our programs emphasize self-sufficiency and health care in conjunction with a commitment to prevent the ongoing, generation to generation dysfunctional behavioral patterns that so drastically affect the young people we serve.


TRIAD HOUSE, our first program, is a 12 bed residential group home for 4 boys and 8 girls, ages 12-18. Most of these adolescents are referred to us through the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) and are unable to live with their families. They have been victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. In a family atmosphere, these children attend school and receive services designed to meet the need of each adolescent, including individual, group and family counseling, substance abuse assessment and referral, independent living skills, tutoring, educational planning, job readiness training and program aftercare. (Triad is located in Ewing).

RAINBOW HOUSE is the first group home of its kind in the nation for young woman affected/infected with HIV/AIDS. They may be alone, pregnant or have a child. For most of our residents, Rainbow House is the first nurturing, and secure home they have known. Rainbow House provides and coordinates a myriad of comprehensive support services through an individualized treatment plan developed for each resident. These include the same services available to Triad residents, with the addition of specialized medical programs and parenting classes. (Rainbow House is located in Trenton).

T.I.L.T. (Teenage Independent, Living Training) currently serves over 100 Mercer County adolescents between the ages of 15 to 21 who are referred by DYFS, the Capital County Children's Collaborative, Mercer County Detention Center and Mercer House. The vast majority of these young people have lived in some type of juvenile facility, residential or foster care situation and have 'aged out' or been released. They are unable to live with their families or relatives for a variety of reasons, and while a few still remain in foster care for a brief time, most live in boarding homes, with friends, or all too often, on the streets. T.I.L.T.'s main objectives are to empower each of these adolescents to become self-sufficient and responsible for their own well being as they make the transition to young adulthood. We perform a series of assessments and develop unique, holistic program plans for each individual depending on their needs. Services available include advanced independent living skills training, community involvement and service, parenting skills training, life skills through the arts, youth advocacy skills and opportunity, individual and group counseling, substance abuse assessment and referral, educational planning, tutoring, job readiness training and program aftercare. (T.I.L.T. is located in Trenton).

MARY'S PLACE is a permanent housing program for aging out youth ages 18 to 21, who are working and/or attending school. A variety of support services are currently provided including financial education and money management skills, assistance in securing permanent housing and instruction in landlord tenant rights. In the future, we will offer a shared living program, as well as efficiency style apartments in a safe and secure environment. (Mary's Place will be built in Ewing).





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