RISE

For the Love of Food

RISE Encourages Critical Thinking

Nebraska Reentry Program

Julia Child said, “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

Mark’s dad was a chef. As a young kid, he would sit on a crate at the end of the line and watch him work. It was something that stuck with him and molded much of his passions as he grew up. By the age of 15, Mark was already enrolled in a two year cooking school.

Today, at 60 years old, Mark dreams of his own food truck. Not just any food truck, but one specializing in sub sandwiches with pretzel dough bread, the finest ingredients, and a profit margin that can still provide for his family (even with a specialty sandwich weighing in at 2.5 pounds).

While Mark managed restaurants in the past, he never had the opportunity to own his own. A dream he’d had since those days of sitting on crates watching his dad. Though his path to this point has been complicated with a criminal history, Mark found joy and purpose through RISE.

“I never took the time to think critically about my own ideas...to think about them from every angle. RISE gave me the opportunity to do that. I see the young guys in this class and it makes me excited that they’re getting this chance at a point in their life where they can still apply it and succeed when they get out. I’ve still got some time left, but RISE has given me hope.”

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On this Giving Tuesday, your donations help men and women like Mark find hope. You can give here!

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The Nebraska General Election (Federal) takes place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 

If you are not yet registered to vote in the state of Nebraska, you can do that here: Register to Vote in Nebraska Online. The deadline to register online is Friday, October 16, 2020 5PM CST.

When asked for reentry advice, a RISE Graduate in the community said, "Plan, plan, plan. Then be ready to change direction." While we see the pivot from Builders on a regular basis, 2020 brings incredible pivots we didn't expect.

Many citizens in our state will be paroling quickly over the next few years based on a federal mandate to get overcrowding down by 2020. RISE and other reentry groups are working diligently to make that transition as smooth as possible both pre-and post-release, but we need help from our community.