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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In addition to the day-to-day barriers of reentry, there are emotional dimensions that are also vital for succeeding and thriving throughout the transition. RISE's aim is for reentry mentors to walk with program graduates as they navigate the crisis that is returning from incarceration.

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