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.”
On this Giving Tuesday, your donations help men and women like Mark find hope. You can give here!
Before Tuesday's Business Pitch Competition and graduation, RISE had graduated 314 program graduates within the state of Nebraska. 314 men and women all looking for a different path...a different opportunity. Yesterday we added a powerhouse of 12 to that number who desired more than just an opportunity, but a change. A new life.
RISE reentry programming has been wild in 2020. While being adaptable is certainly something we’re accustomed to, we may not have ever anticipated what that might look like should a worldwide pandemic change everything.
As a program that operates inside the Nebraska prison system, in addition to supporting program graduates reentering the community, it didn’t take long for us to know that programing must continue in any capacity we can.
We're hearing RISE Omaha Builder success stories daily! We couldn't be more proud! Follow along to hear how one Builder took a small task and made a big impact on a future employer!