What We Do

Mission + Values

RISE Mission:

Transform and connect people to build thriving communities.

At RISE, transformation starts pre-release and continues post-release. Our inside/out model bridges incarceration to the community and considers all the critical steps in that journey. We prepare and train people for each phase through intensive character development, employment readiness, job creation through entrepreneurship and case management. We transform people in the community by building awareness and empathy that leads to support and opportunity.  These connections heal families, create employment pathways and lower recidivism.

RISE Values:

  • Empathy

    Empathy means having an open mind and understanding the context of someone else’s journey. It shatters preconceptions and judgements. Empathy recognizes the humanity and basic goodness in every person and connects them to community.

  • (Tough) Love

    We lead with unwavering love that is equal parts grace and accountability. Love that recognizes and promotes the dignity of all and nurtures responsibility.

  • Resilience

    Resilience is getting yourself back up every time you’re knocked down. Resilience is having the grit and determination to never let failure define you and to keep fighting. It means learning and growing in humility and maturity through the adversity you face and making better decisions each time it does.

  • Redemption

    Everyone is redeemable. We believe in second chances and legitimate first chances. Redemption means everyone deserves true freedom and isn’t permanently defined by their worst wrongs. Redemption means real opportunities and a level playing field.

  • Entrepreneurial Mindset

    An entrepreneurial mindset ditches self-limiting beliefs and lets you use your gifts and talents to pursue opportunities, innovation and value creation. It means you’re motivated, resourceful, and not afraid to take control of your actions.