ANSIL a new start in life
is a non-discriminatory non-profit 501(c)3; started, under its current administration, in November of 2018. ANSIL's Executive Director, Tobaski Snipes, runs the program with community volunteers and a diverse Board of Directors.
ANSIL provides support and services to one of our community's most vulnerable populations in two distinct divisions; ANSIL Young Adult Program (YAP) and ANSIL Community Empowerment Program (CEP).
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ANSIL YAP serves the at-risk youth homeless population that is between the ages of 18-24, who are in need of support, housing, and guidance. We do not discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, personal history, medical diagnosis, criminal history, or economic background. ANSIL HALL is a transitional housing program for homeless youth ages 18-24 where we provide help for our program participants by providing them with coping and life skills training, mentors, companionship, school services for those requiring high-school completion (class assistance, attendance, supplies, homework, and tutors), support, case management, leadership, trade skill exposure, as well as food safety and dietary needs. In order for them to be eligible to be part of ANSIL HALL's program, we require them to meet all of their drug/alcohol rehabilitation requirements, as well as meeting with doctors, counselors, and social workers at the professionals' recommendations. The vast majority of our program participants are house young adults with difficult home lives who lost housing around their 18th birthday. Some were kicked out due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, some due to aging out of the foster care system, and some left willingly to get out of a dangerous situation.
ANSIL CEP is a non-discriminatory program to help meet some of the basic needs of the general low-income population, focusing on the homeless. This population has a difficult time getting their basic needs met. Being able to take care of basic hygiene needs is important to get and maintain a job, get housing, and become self-sufficient.
ANSIL Service Center is a free program, which provides showers, bathrooms, laundry facilities, haircuts, food items, and a clothing & furniture bank to the no to low income population; focusing on homeless individuals and families. There is a wide array of mental health diagnoses, ethnicities, ages, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, and languages spoken by the vast population that we serve. These services build confidence, allow for a higher quality of life for this population, and allow for a smoother transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
- Arthur Ashe
ANSIL provides hope, services, support, training, housing options, as well as mentorship and advocacy to all individuals who are seeking to improve the circumstances of their lives. This is accomplished by providing access to the opportunities to learn the knowledge necessary to be productive, happy members of society. ANSIL does not discriminate based on gender-identity, sexual-orientation, race, religion, personal history, non-violent criminal history, or economic background.
The Vision of the Executive Director and Board of ANSIL is to bring to life a dynamic and innovative program that can be duplicated in other communities. By building an array of community-centered opportunities and instilling personal accountability and resourcefulness into every participant, staff member, and volunteer, the ANSIL programs will grow and thrive in decades to come.