Moving Day for The Centre' is Near!
The Centre' will be moving this April. We are actively looking for a new place
for us to relocate to so that we can continue to grow and prosper.
Thank you for all of your Faith and Support.
Welcome to MzShirliz Transitional
Let me tell you about our mission
When I was getting ready to graduate from Delancey Street, I realized that I was so lucky that I had gained all the tools and life skills that it was going to take for me to embark upon a new life. What I saw when I graduated from Delancey Street, not everyone comes out of a program with all the tools they need to hold themselves together. Some come from generations of violence, addiction and crime. When they get out of incarceration they don't have the elements needed to live a healthy clean and sober lifestyle, or after they get out of a wonderful drug program, for a lack of financial resources they often have return to the same negative environments and associations that they came from. Thus they wind up right back where they started from.
That is when I soon realized that everyone was not quite as lucky as I was, they needed additional help to maintain a clean & sober, healthy lifestyle. Hence forth Mz. Shirliz Transitional Living.
As special thank you to three of the GREATEST WOMEN I KNOW. Dr. Mimi Silbert, Dr. Teri Lynch-Delane and Ms. Carol Kizziah.
"Without them not only would I not have any of the joy that I have in my life today, and I would not even know how to!!!"
Where the dream came from.
In the early 1950's, 60's & 70's, after the depression, people were migrating from the south coming to California (The land of milk and honey as it seemed). Most of these people were poor and had to leave their families behind until they could set down roots.
So with their hopes and dreams in a single suitcase or duffle-bag they found refuge in large homes of people who came years before them and understood the need. After a long weeks work and a lot of frustrating planning, Sunday dinners were the norm in these homes, everyone gathered at the table while the strong smell of collard greens, corn bread and peach cobbler made you dizzy in the head with hunger.
There seemed to always be a big woman with an apron on that made you wonder if she ever took it off. This woman would make you feel at home like one of her own family. She always had advice about your issues that made you wonder if she had a crystal ball and you always left her site feeling like all was "right" with your world.
Ideally the same feeling is taking place in most people when they come out of a drug program, prison or jail. They are excited but petrified, insecure and alone.
So myself and a cauldron of people, some which had that same experience decided to create some houses with "the "mother hen" affect to help more people stay on a solid ground of success.
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We Have a Purpose
Our Purpose is to provide a continuum of care that will support people who want to change their lives. We are here to teach and to show people how to live their life without usings drugs, committing crimes and/or to get rid of negative and unhealthy ways. We teach from experience, we show by living lives of integrity and purpose. We offer a safe haven where people can come and receive on going peer support, counseling, job readiness and job skills trining. If someone is homeless and has no where safe to live we offer transitional housing.
We believe in being there
If you are committed to changing your life, so are we. If you show up everyday and if you are committed to your recovery we will be there standing right there beside you.
We have responsibility to our communities. Therefore we strive to make sure we are a vital part of what makes a community thrive. End violence. Reduce recidivism. Take a stand against domestic violence. Stopping people from using drugs. Advocate for education. Encourage health and well bring. Stopping cruelty to animals. We educate, motivatre and participate in positive, healthy and life changing projects that enhance per community and change peoples lives.
We are committed to making a difference
We have elevated ourselves in life and we are dedicated and prepared to do what is in our hearts to help others do the same for themselves, their families and all being in our community.
We invite you to explore more about our vision and what we have to offer at "The Centre'
Non-Profit Business Information
All donation checks should be made out to "Mz Shirliz"
We are a 501(c)(3) Corporation, Tax ID # - 27-1103255
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