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We'd Like You to Meet Mikias Tilahun

Born in Ethiopia, Mikias Tilahun attended boarding school in the United Kingdom before moving to Minnesota in 2000 where he finished high school. He started work at Rise in 2003.
Mikias is always looking to improve his work  skills, and over the years, has held eight different jobs through Rise’s Creative Partnerships South program in area businesses. In addition to working on a wide range of jobs at Rise, he also cleans tables part-time at Poor Richards Commonhouse  restaurant in Bloomington.

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We'd Like You to Meet - Sarah Lambert

Turning Sarah Lambert’s passion – her love of four-legged animals – into a business venture has resulted in Sarah’s Cat & Doggy Daycare in Fridley. She hopes to be “your best friend’s second best friend.”

With assistance from Rise’s Employment Consultant Amber Barnes and much-appreciated support from her extended family, Sarah launched her pet-sitting service in January and is hoping to grow it in the coming months. She offers day and evening pet-sitting as well as short- and long-term boarding for cats and dogs (small to mid-sized).


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We'd like you to meet - Alex Blaisdell!

When Rise Site Supervisor Diana Gangl was tasked with starting up a new work crew at Aggressive Industries, she knew that one of the three team members she needed to get the contract off to a great start was Alex Blaisdell. Diana knew she could rely on Alex’s wide range of skills and reliability to help meet Aggressive’s expectations of high quality workmanship.

“Alex is always eager to learn new tasks and I knew he would be a    really good fit for this community work site,” said Diana. “We hope to grow the team as additional work…

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DRC says, "Send us A.J. back to work!"

“After working with a Rise work team, I was only gone six days from DRC when they called to see if I wanted to come back to work there on my own full-time to run the carton-erecting machine!” said A.J. Sherwood proudly. “I jumped at the chance to return – why wouldn’t I?!”

Over the past two years, more than 60 people served in four Rise employment programs have worked on a temporary basis at Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) in Brooklyn Park. This location is one of 12 DRC administrative and processing facilities throughout the U.S. 


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