Manasseh House, a new 501c3 non-profit organization launched on July 7, 2017. Their aim is to change the life of one young man at a time. "We are going to fill-in the gap. We are going to take over where publicly funded programs for aged out youths leave off:, said Chuck Hatter CEO of Manasseh House. "We hope to improve the odds by giving them an alternative that will either teach them a trade or help them out with future education." Hatter said that Rite of Passage, the parent organization behind Silver Oak Academy, believes the program could grow even larger. "They already want to talk to us about going national with the program", he said.
That's pretty optimistic talk to for a non-profit that isn't yet operational and is still in the process of finding a grant writer. But then again, Talone-Sullivan has done it before: When she started Mission of Mercy in Arizona in 1994, there were just six volunteers. Today, that non-profit provides free health care to people all over the nation, including Carroll County.
"When I founded Mission of Mercy it was a risk. I took a big risk",she said. "This is the same thing. There is a need and I have a conviction that we can change opeople's lives one at a time."