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Why Rise?

At Rise, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a good job, live in a safe environment, participate fully in the community, and enjoy a self-determined life. Rise unlocks potential and opens doors to success for people with disabilities and other challenges through creative solutions and customized support in the areas of employment, housing, and personal growth.

Incorporated as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency in 1971, Rise serves more than 2,500 men and women each year who have a wide range of disabilities and other barriers throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.

We envision a progressive, supportive, and collaborative environment that fosters meaningful growth and provides opportunities to live a life filled with purpose.. We invite you to take a closer look at how we are working to help Minnesota communities prosper through our customized, effective programs and services.

Program Service Areas

  • Intellectual Disabilities: Hennepin County
    mdannley@rise.org
    952-884-8330

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    Intellectual Disabilities: Hennepin County

    Rise’s services for people with intellectual disabilities are innovative, customized, and flexible. Rise offers people the tools and resources they may need to achieve their personal and employment goals and live self-determined lives, including:

    • Individual assessment
    • Person-centered planning
    • Job development / job matching 
    • Job coaching
    • Follow-up supports
    • Transition planning from school to work
    • Supported employment
    • Life enrichment / personal growth opportunities
    • Transportation
    • Respite care services

    Rise also offers programs that address one’s individual interests and enrich their integration into community life.  People may benefit from activities such as volunteering with local organizations, recreational activities and community outings, exercise and health-related activities, art and music therapies, discussion groups, social skills development, behavior management, and customized respite.

    Rise’s Day Training & Habilitation program facilities are conveniently located in Anoka, Bloomington, Coon Rapids, Crystal, Lindstrom, Minneapolis, and Spring Lake Park. We also provide community-based employment services throughout the Twin Cities and East Central Minnesota.

    Additional information can be found in:

    For more information regarding employment services, contact:

    For information about life enrichment services, contact:

  • Intellectual Disabilities: Anoka County
    manderson@rise.org
    763-784-0900

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    Intellectual Disabilities: Anoka County

    Rise’s services for people with developmental /  intellectual disabilities are innovative, customized, and flexible. Rise offers people the tools and resources they may need to achieve their personal goals and live self-determined lives, including:

    • Individual assessment
    • Person-centered planning
    • Job development / job matching 
    • Job coaching
    • Follow-up supports
    • Transition planning from school to work
    • Supported employment
    • Life enrichment / personal growth opportunities
    • Transportation
    • Respite care services

    Rise also offers programs that address one’s individual interests and enrich their integration into community life.  People may benefit from activities such as volunteering with local organizations, recreational activities and community outings, exercise and health-related activities, art and music therapies, discussion groups, social skills development, behavior management, and customized respite.

    Rise’s Day Training & Habilitation program facilities are conveniently located in Anoka, Bloomington, Coon Rapids, Crystal, Lindstrom, Minneapolis, and Spring Lake Park. We also provide community-based employment services throughout the Twin Cities and East Central Minnesota.

    Additional information can be found in:

    For more information regarding employment services, contact:

    For information about life enrichment services, contact:

  • Intellectual Disabilities: Central Minnesota
    cwoolcott@rise.org
    651-257-2281

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    Intellectual Disabilities: Central Minnesota

    Rise’s services for people with developmental /  intellectual disabilities are innovative, customized, and flexible. Rise offers people the tools and resources they may need to achieve their personal goals and live self-determined lives, including:

    • Individual assessment
    • Person-centered planning
    • Job development / job matching 
    • Job coaching
    • Follow-up supports
    • Transition planning from school to work
    • Supported employment
    • Life enrichment / personal growth opportunities
    • Transportation
    • Respite care services

    Rise also offers programs that address one’s individual interests and enrich their integration into community life.  People may benefit from activities such as volunteering with local organizations, recreational activities and community outings, exercise and health-related activities, art and music therapies, discussion groups, social skills development, behavior management, and customized respite.

    Rise’s Day Training & Habilitation program facilities are conveniently located in Lindstrom; contact Crystal at 651-257-2281.

    Additional information can be found in: Day Training and Habilitation

  • Mental Health Employment
    rreedy@rise.org
    612-706-2521

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    Mental Health Employment

    Rise’s services for people with a serious and persistent mental illness are innovative, customized, and flexible. Rise works with people to help improve their quality of life through increased personal choices, development of vocational skills, increased relationships with peers, increased economic self-sufficiency through wages, increased self-esteem, and improved community inclusion and participation. Services include:

    • Individual vocational assessment
    • Person-centered planning
    • Job-seeking skills / resume development
    • Job development / job matching 
    • Job coaching
    • Building natural job supports
    • Follow-up supports
    • Supported employment
    • CSP case service coordination
    • Transportation
    • Benefits planning

    For information about Rise's mental health employment services, contact:

  • Mental Health & Housing Supports: Central and East Central Minnesota
    acarter@rise.org
    320-656-5608

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    Mental Health & Housing Supports: Central and East Central Minnesota

    Rise recognizes the critical role of poverty and displacement has on one’s personal mental health; thus, our customized housing support services are based on the individual’s or family’s own personal needs and choices.

    For those who live in Anoka County or outstate Minnesota and are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of being homeless due to mental health issues, Rise can assist you in making a smooth transition into living more independently in the community.

    We offer a wide array of housing support services at Rise, including:

    • Independent Living Skills training
    • Homelessness outreach and emergency services
    • Family homelessness prevention and assistance services
    • Affordable housing resources
    • HOME rental subsidies
    • Locating safe and affordable housing for individuals and families
    • Housing with support services (Anoka County)
    • Transitional housing
    • Crisis assistance

    We also work with people on mental health case management, identifying other community resources, and applying for public assistance and/or rental subsidies.

    Read more about these programs: Mental Health, Housing, and Homelessness Services

    For more information about housing support services in Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Milles Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, and Wright Counties, contact Amy Carter at 320-656-5608

     

  • Students in Transition
    dmeyers@rise.org
    612-877-1217

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    Students in Transition

    Graduation from high school is considered a milestone in the lives of most students. Rise’s Milestones program helps prepare students from local transition school programs, ages 18-21 who have employment-related goals written in their school IEP (Individual Education Plan), embark on a career of interest.

    Through Rise’s customized services, Milestones staff can help you prepare for and obtain meaningful, productive employment that matches your vocational interests, skills, and potential, thus helping to ensure your success on the job.

    Students may benefit from these employment services:

    • Vocational assessment
    • Transition planning
    • Employment planning
    • Work experience
    • Job placement services
    • Job coaching services

  • MEC Services for People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    bnewberg@rise.org
    651-227-8471

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    MEC Services for People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    specifically for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Day Training and Habilitation Sensory Support program works with people who have intellectual disabilities and dual sensory (blind and deaf) disabilities, who are ages 18 and older.

    Participants benefit from customized employment and community integration opportunities, including career planning, center-based employment, job development, job coaching, community integration, behavior management, and supported employment.

    The mission of the Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is to provide comprehensive employment services which lead to competitive and supported employment positions consistent with individual career plans and goals.

    MEC offers:

    • Pre-employment evaluations and assessments
    • Career planning and goal-setting
    • Job-searching skills
    • Job coaching
    • Developing communication to facilitate workplace communication
    • Information about adaptive devices
    • Deaf culture awareness training for co-workers
    • Continued career planning
    • Ongoing support to assist in career satisfaction and advancement

    People using MEC’s customized employment and job placement services work in a variety of companies throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, including retail stores, child care centers, restaurants, manufacturing businesses, offices, and hospitality venues.

    MEC also works with students, ages 18-21, in ISD #287’s VECTOR program who have employment-related goals written in their school Individual Education Plan (IEP) and need assistance in planning their careers. This MEC / VECTOR partnership was made possible through a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) / Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

    Visit MEC’s website or MEC for more information.

    MEC is offered by Rise in collaboration with Lifetrack Resources and Minnesota Rehabilitation Services.

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
    dkoberstein@rise.org
    763-783-2813

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    Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Brain Injuries

    Rise offers day programming and vocational services specifically designed for people who have brain injuries, ages 18 and older. Participants benefit from customized supports which help them increase their personal choices, vocational skills, peer relationships, self-esteem, social and community skills, and physical abilities.

    People can choose to participate concurrently in these two service areas:

    Brain Injury Connections: Exploring Vocational and Employment Opportunities

    Brain Injury Connections can assist you in exploring vocational issues and assessing your basic skills, behaviors, and abilities. The program offers evaluation, vocational training and supported employment as well as more specialized kinds of supports and services to help increase your self-dependency and community integration.

    Depending on your own needs and interests, you can participate in a wide range of services. These include behavioral assessment and programming, activities leading to more independence, cognitive rehabilitation training, prevocational services, supported employment, career planning, job training, vocational assessment, supported employment, working in Rise’s Integrated Industry, job placement, and follow-up services.

    Brain Injuries Connections – Danielle Koberstein, 763-763-2813; email:dkoberstein@rise.org

    Adult Day Program: Social Outlet

    Rise’s Adult Day Program is a social and recreational outlet provided in an accessible setting. It is a place to create friendships, learn new things, and have fun.

    You may participate in many different kinds of activities, including discussion and education groups, crafts, cooking, music, games, gardening, creative arts classes, book club, daily exercise, and spirituality groups. You will also have access to therapy services (with doctor’s orders), warm-water pool, and fitness center.

    Other services offered through Rise’s Adult Day Program from which you might benefit include personal care assistance, medication administration, support of therapy programs (i.e., walking), individualized service planning, and nutritious meal and snacks.

    Adult Day Program (ADP) – Judy Anderson, 612-775-2286; email: jandersen@rise.org
    Social Worker for ADP – Lisa Heffner, 612-775-2285; email: lheffner@rise.org

    Funding for these programs typically comes from Minnesota Rehab Services, Medicaid waiver programs (TBI or CADI), Workers’ Compensation, or county social services, services may also be self-paid. Rise staff are knowledgeable in reimbursement systems and will work closely with individuals and families to identify payment options.

  • Welfare-to-Work / MFIP - Twin Cities
    aahmed@rise.org
    612-872-7720

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    Welfare-to-Work / MFIP - Twin Cities

    Rise assists people who are unemployed or underemployed, receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), and have serious and multiple barriers to self-sufficiency enter or re-enter the workforce.

    Because most of the people Rise serves in our welfare-to-work programs are refugees and immigrants, all of our placement staff are culturally sensitive, and many are bilingual (including Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Somali).

    We can also assist people with other employment-related issues, such as child care, transportation, language and cultural awareness, affordable housing, and other individual concerns which directly affect job retention.

    MFIP / Welfare-to-Work Employment Program 

Rise is accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.