Program Launch Announcement

New Program Launching July 8 Will Serve Young Men Transitioning from Publicly Supported Programs To Independent Living.

Keymar, MD...Manasseh House, Inc. is launchingThe landmark program to help break the cycle of young men returning to poverty homelessness after government supported programs. The launch will take place on Saturday, July 8th, at 10:30 AM at the Silver Oak academy, 999 Crouse Mill Rd., Keymar MD.The Manasseh House program is launching in cooperation with Rite of Passage at the Silver Oak Academy.

"The goal of Manasseh House, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is to provide a transitional home for young men who have aged out of publicly funded programs that are not ready to be independent. Through education, learning a trade, life skills, and networking with the community services, we can offer them a better future," said Foundress Gianna Talone-Sullivan, Pharm D. "Too many young men age out of "the system" before they have matured and have learned the necessary skills - they have no money and nowhere to go. Many of them have never felt the love and support of a family and have felt shuffled through the system," added Dr. Talone-Sullivan.

"Silver Oak is an ideal partner because they already work with at-risk youth's to help them succeed in life," said Chuck Hatter, CEO of Manasseh House. The silver oak academy is a publicly funded program that offers a continuum of care to troubled, and vulnerable used in Maryland. It's been hailed as a model for success. "unfortunately, after graduating from Silver Oak, public funding is cut off, and some students don't have a good home to return to. They sometimes need additional training and support to make it on their own. These young men will also benefit from our program," added Hatter.

"The Manasseh house aims to set a standard of excellence in Self independence, keeping young man from returning to a life of uncertainty and living on the streets, providing a bridge between when a publicly funded program ends and the responsible adult life begins," said Dr. Talone-Sullivan.

More about Manasseh House

The first Manasseh House program will be housed on the 75 acre campus of Silver Oak Academy, where they will participate in all facets of home life - cooking, cleaning, budgeting, community service, and being family. They also have the opportunity to attend religious services. Working as apprentices with local craftsmen, they will earn employable trades, join the military, or go on to college.

The team at Menasha House will also teach these young men core values; leadership through integrity, excellent through discovery, respect through collegiality, Self-Independence through self-esteem. To become champions of hope and to be role models for other young men.

The program drawl participants from Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties. The first participant is a graduate of the silver oak academy who doesn't have a viable place to go after he completes the program. The goal of the program is to eventually have a house that can become home to the young people it serves. For more information, visit or call 1(717)357-0171. Tax deductible donations can be made online or at Manasseh House, PO Box 546, Fairfield, PA 17320. Manasseh House is Registered in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and is currently operational in Maryland.

About the Rite of Passage:Rite of Passage is a 35 year old national program that offers a diverse continuum of care to troubled, at risk, and vulnerable youth. The Silver Oak Academy is one of their facilities.