Pushing Boundaries. Unlocking Possibilities

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Rise unlocks potential and opens doors to success for people with disabilities or other challenges through creative solutions and customized support.

We envision a progressive, supportive, and collaborative environment that fosters meaningful growth and provides opportunities to live a life filled with purpose.

Rise was incorporated as a non profit agency in 1971, Rise's comprehensive services are designed to make a sustainable impact for the people we serve in the areas of housing, employment, and personal growth. Our customized programs, tools, and resources empower people to choose their own path and achieve their full potential.

In 2014, Rise served 2,802 individuals in employment, job placement, school-to-career transition, day training and habilitation, and housing services. An additional 1,000-plus people are served in short-term or one-time emergency referral services through Rise's homeless outreach programs. The number of people competitively placed in jobs doubled over 2013 for a total of 596 jobs.

Rise offers a wide range of programs in these service areas

  • Day Training and Habilitation: Support services to assist people with intellectual disabilities and related conditions to develop and maintain life skills, participate in community life, and engage in proactive and satisfying activities of their own choosing, including employment.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment: A wide range of programs designed to assist people with career exploration and planning, job-seeking skills, job development, job training, job coaching, follow-up services, benefits planning, school-to-work transition, plus occupational communication services for people who are deaf or heard of hearing.
  • Housing and Independent Living: Independent living skills supports, homelessness outreach, prevention and emergency services, affordable housing resources, housing supports, and rental subsidies for people with mental health disabilities.
  • Adult Day: Recreational, social, and creative activities designed to meet the health and social needs of people with brain injuries and other disabilities.
  • Welfare-to-Work: Job placement and support services for MFIP recipients, including refugees and immigrants, who have significant barriers to employment.