How we got started…
It all began one evening in 1980 when Frank Barnaba met a young woman
in a diner in New Haven, CT. Returning from a business trip, he stopped
during a snow storm for a cup of coffee. He spotted a young woman sitting
in a booth. She was crying. Hoping to be of assistance, Frank walked
over to her booth and asked what was wrong. Instead of a broken date,
a flat tire or some other common dilemma, Frank heard a story that
was to change the course of his life.
This young woman, barely 19,
had been recruited into prostitution by a fast talking, smooth operator
who wooed her and her family into believing that he wanted only the
best for her. This “boyfriend” then introduced her to drugs
and consequently was able to get her into prostitution. Ultimately,
with the help of Frank and other volunteers, she decided to leave the
streets. Unfortunately, against the advise of those helping her, she
told her pimp she was leaving and was going to make sure that this
did not happen to other unsuspecting girls. She died of a questionable
drug overdose before this could be accomplished. Her name was Lisa…
Her shattered life and untimely death motivated Frank and a small
group of volunteers to begin to search for the answers to their
many questions. With seed money from
Saint Paul’s Church in Westbrook, CT a small group of volunteers traveled
to New York to begin their quest for knowledge and truth and the Paul & Lisa
Program was born.
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