The LifeTies Impact
Through our data collection and evaluation efforts, we have found that for those youth completing our programs:
Find permanency through living independently or reunification with their families
Improve their independent living skills
Work towards obtaining a high school diploma, GED, technical school, or pursue higher education
Have an increase in mental health stability
Improve their awareness of social service access and medical care access
Nurturing wellness and self-sufficiency in vulnerable youth, young adults and their families.
Mary Inzana, Founder of LifeTies Inc, incorporated the Mercer County Adolescent Coalition (MCAC), Inc.as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 1982. This Coalition was the predecessor of LifeTies. It focused on gaps in services for Mercer teens. At that time, the most outstanding need was providing group home care within the confines of Mercer County for Adolescents for teens.
Early development of Triad House, LifeTies’ first group home, began in 1981. In 1985, Triad House opened its doors serving youth ages 13 to 18 years old who were emotionally, sexually or physically abused, neglected and abandoned. Today Triad House services youth ages 14 to 21.
The Teen Independent Living and Training Program was established in 1988. Its goal was to empower adolescents to become self-sufficient and responsible for their own well-being as they make the transition to young adulthood. T.I.L.T currently provides one-on-one mentoring to youth residing in Mercer County.
In 1990, LifeTies opened Rainbow House, the first group home in the nation for adolescents with HIV/AIDS and their children. At that time, young women and their children were in great need of housing and care due to an unprecedented increase of pregnant young girls infected with HIV/AIDS as a result of unprotected sex. Today all HIV/AIDS impacted residents at Rainbow House acquired the disease at birth. In 2009, Rainbow House expanded its services to include medically fragile young women with Lupus, diabetes and severe asthma.
In 1991, MCAC was renamed LifeTies, Inc.
Mary’s Place, LifeTies’ latest program began in 2005. Mary’s Place is a permanent supportive housing program for aging out youth working and/or going to post-secondary school.
In 2008, Triad House became the only group home in New Jersey for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and one of only three in the United States. In 2017, it continues to provide support for the LGBTQ+ population and various youth who remain at risk.
The LifeTies Clinical Department was established in 2008. Its goal is to stabilize the youth through providing trauma informed care through individual, family and group therapy to all youth in our Group Homes.
Mary Inzana, Founder, of LifeTies retired in 2014. After a two- year interim period, the Board of Trustees hired Dr. Lori V. Morris to become the new Executive Director.