Our mission is to develop career-ready, well-balanced individuals that are POISED and self-assured for optimal achievement.
POISE, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded by Delmas "Dedee" Harper with a mission to combat inadequate housing and unemployment or underemployment. Our comprehensive suite of services, which includes job readiness, life skills, financial literacy, study skills, motivation, etiquette, technical skills, childcare, and housing, is designed to empower individuals to reach their full potential and become successful, employed, and productive citizens.
Open to men, women, and children alike, our training and services are tailored to mold well-rounded individuals equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in today’s dynamic world. We adhere to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory: we believe that meeting basic needs such as food and shelter paves the way for self-improvement and personal growth. To this end, we provide affordable housing, transitional housing, and childcare services to meet these fundamental needs.
Our wide range of services is meticulously designed to cater to the unique needs of different demographics. Our comprehensive programs aim to empower individuals, ensuring they have the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to improve their quality of life and achieve their goals.
The POISE, Inc. Journey - The goal of POISE, Inc. is to foster the development of influential, well-rounded individuals who can reach their utmost potential, thereby becoming successful, employed, and contributing citizens. The organization operates under the guiding principle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory: satisfying basic needs like shelter and food is essential for developing higher needs. POISE, Inc. first ensures participants’ fundamental needs are met by providing affordable and transitional housing and childcare services. Once these basic needs are ensured, the focus shifts to enhancing professional and socio-technical skills and providing tools and training to help individuals become confident, productive, and financially stable.
Re-entry and Reintegration - The offender’s transition back to society is often fraught with challenges. To help individuals navigate this difficult journey, we’ve introduced the "POSTURE” program. This initiative offers transitional housing and re-entry services, providing the necessary support to reintegrate into the community successfully through professional development, social skills training, and career guidance. Our "POSTURE" program is designed to facilitate the re-entry of offenders into the community. We provide transitional housing, professional development, social skills training, and career and technical training to help these individuals reintegrate into society successfully.
POISE Teen Career Exploration Afterschool Program -To help prepare teens aged 13-19 for their future, we offer an afterschool program that encompasses job readiness, leadership, etiquette, career exploration, home economics, financial literacy, sports, arts and crafts, and academic assistance.
The Latest Endeavour - In our continual effort to address the unique challenges faced by different demographics, we’ve recently introduced a Teen Maternity Transitional Housing program. Designed for young mothers aged 16-25, this initiative offers safe housing, life-skills training, parenting classes, educational and career guidance, and childcare services. We aim to help these young mothers transition successfully into independence and lead fulfilling lives by meeting their basic needs and equipping them with essential skills.
As an organization, our primary goal is to support, empower, and provide high-quality resources to our community in a secure environment. Our success is not gauged by wealth or profit margins but by the value we bring to those we serve. We believe every individual deserves the opportunity to succeed, and we are committed to positively impacting our community.
Together, we are making a difference, one individual at a time.
POISE: To be well-balanced, ready, and prepared!