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Gershon Bai-Lama

Since it’s founding in Greencastle Pennsylvania by Gershon Bai-Lama, a

Philanthropist first generation immigrant from Sierra Leone West Africa in 2014,

Standard of Living Augmentation (SOLA) has become one of the trusted

nonprofit agencies and a leading provider of education and career services for

individuals attempting to enter the workforce.

SOLA is a 501 (C) (3) not for profit organization with its corporate headquarters

in Greencastle, and operates in Franklin, Cumberland and Fulton Counties.

Although SOLA is licensed to operate in Mary Land and West Virginia, it will

only operate its Veteran Assistance Program (VAP) in Washington County MD

and Berkley County West Virginia.

To fund our mission, we collect donated items such as clothing, household

items, computers and automobiles to sell. The revenue generated from our retail

sales, along with revenue from salvage & contracts operations help to

supplement the fees for service we receive from referral agencies to provide the

range of training and employment opportunities that assist individuals in

overcoming barriers to employment, achieve a higher level of independence, and

participate more fully in life, thereby improving their quality of life in their

communities for the common good.



Standard Of Living Augmentation Inc, (SOLA) is dedicated to excellence and quality service. The

most important aspects of SOLA’s mission are to offer high quality programs to young and adult clients’ and to foster clients’ to attain the success of their chosen career. To these ends, SOLA attaches primary importance to excellence in training to fighting poverty and dependence on public aid by making quality skill training available to client’ of all educational levels, disabilities and criminal backgrounds, especially those most in need and hardest to serve.


Respect -     encourages an inclusive environment where clients, staff and the community demonstrate respect for self and others

Excellence- provides the highest quality of services and training through continuous improvement, counseling, coaching and mentoring

Courage-     honors the courage needed to take the steps toward self-sufficiency and life-long empowerment with commitment to providing quality services with measurable results and acknowledges the individual's dedication to serving a greater purpose to accomplish SOLA’s Mission Statement

Integrity-      conducts operations with the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and personal responsibility, maintains and enforces a set of policies and procedures that ensures compliance, audit requirements, performance and accountability to funding agencies and all stakeholders

Trust-          develops trust by demonstrating respect and responsibility among colleagues, communities and our clients’ served.

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