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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. 

During…



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Brian celebrates his silver anniversary at GLS

In today's workforce, it’s rare to find someone who reaches his or her 25th anniversary with one company. But when you love your work, are really good at it, and have great co-workers, the years on the job seem to fly by.

Brian Walsh celebrated his 25th year working at GLS Companies, a full-service marketing and printing company in Brooklyn Park, on February 18. Over the years, Brian has seen a lot of changes as the company grew and expanded, but one thing always remained the same: GLS is a great place to work!

Brian is a…



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Iftu Hassen is working hard at new job, honing skills, making friends

At just 20 years old, Iftu Hassen traveled alone from her home in Ethiopia to Minneapolis to start a new life in the United States. She was both excited for the many possibilities America held for her, but sad to leave her mother behind. 

Iftu’s father had settled in the U.S. a few years ago with his second family and filed family reunification papers so Iftu could join him, her stepmother, and seven half-siblings. The process took about two years and Iftu arrived in Minnesota in December 2016.

Through Arrive Ministries, Iftu…



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