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45 Stories for 45 Years

Rise has experienced tremendous growth and development since we opened in 1971 to serve four people with intellectual disabilities. To help celebrate our 45th anniversary in 2016, we launched our 45 Stories for 45 Years series. It shares the experiences of some of the people we serve, our business partners, and Rise community members so you can see how we continually push boundaries and unlock possibilities for men and women who have a wide range of disabilities and challenges. 
 
Whether they are just starting their career in the workforce, working competitively on their own or in a supervised work team in a local business, in need of mental health and housing support services. access both employment and housing services from Rise, or are in the twilight years of their career looking ahead to retirement, our team members work hard every day to provide the customized services each person deserves. 
 
 
 

Story #45 - Kevin Arriaza

Being the "rock star" and quick learner that he is, it didn't take Kevin Arriaza very long to find his way around and through the miles of hallways in the Hennepin County Medical…


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Story #44 - Judy

For someone who had worked most of her adult life, Judy was simply not ready to sit home idle after retiring in 2012. Instead, she chose to attend Rise’s Adult Day Program at the Emma B. Howe Northtown Family YMCA in Coon Rapids three days a week. 

“I really like it here,” said Judy who…



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Story #43-John Fleagle

Living up to his nickname at HOM Furniture, “Hercules,” is hard work, literally – but John Fleagle gives it everything he’s got every day.

As one of the first to join the crew when Rise established a workplace partnership with HOM Furniture in Coon Rapids ten years ago, John is a veteran…



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Story #42 - Bridget Zwack

Armed with a freshly earned two-year degree in medical coding and health information management from St. Paul College, plus almost eight years of clerical administrative work at Cummins Power Generation, Bridget Zwack is ready to take the next step on her career path.

After graduating from…



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