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Rise partners with SSA and Westat to study benefits of additional supports

Rise partners with SSA and Westat to study benefits of additional supports

DESPITE HAVING DEALT with numerous significant health issues since being diagnosed with severe hearing loss at age three, Madonna Wagner was motivated to work instead of applying for Social Security Disability benefits.
A medical assistant who worked primarily in pediatric and geriatric clinics for most of her career, the last

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Creating a ‘Picture of Life’ to better serve people during pandemic

Creating a ‘Picture of Life’ to better serve people during pandemic

Case Manager Katie Chambers was pleased to receive additional service agreements approved by Anoka County social workers so she could begin working remotely with people served at Rise Coon Rapids.
“We specifically selected people who either live independently or are living with their parents or guardians and could benefit from

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DHS grant provides iPads

DHS grant provides iPads

With some extra funding remaining from Rise’s Department of Human Services Innovations grant, Rise’s Community Supported Employment team was given the green light to use the funds in “creative” ways to serve people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing.
“We were able to purchase 16 iPads to give

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Alexandra House contracts with Rise for critical support services

Alexandra House contracts with Rise for critical support services

AS A MOTHER WITH three young children who had experienced domestic violence for several years, Natasha was profoundly grateful for the advocacy and support services she received from Alexandra House to help get her through challenging times.
In addition to their wide-ranging services to victims of domestic, and sexual and

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Kari Hovey contributed much to Rise during internship

Kari Hovey contributed much to Rise during internship

Kari Hovey took a break from her job as a speech therapist in the public schools to explore different settings and intern with Rise in assistive technology. She worke with people served at Rise Crystal who have intellectual and physical disabilities.
Having earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of

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Andrea continues to explore new career path

Andrea continues to explore new career path

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, people with direct support skills and experience are in high demand. Andrea knows how important her work as a personal care assistant (PCA) is right now, even though she has her career goals set in a different direction.
Andrea moved to Minnesota from Illinois last

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LeeAnn doesn’t give up on career goals despite pandemic

LeeAnn doesn’t give up on career goals despite pandemic

The middle of a pandemic crisis is not an ideal time to be changing career fields and looking for a new job, but LeeAnn Hill continues to be optimistic and move forward during this challenging time.
After having worked in the accounting field for more than 30 years, LeeAnn knew

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Rise earns three-year CARF accreditation

Rise earns three-year CARF accreditation

Based on an extensive three-day survey conducted by four CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) surveyors, Rise was recently awarded its twelfth three-year certification, the highest level of accreditation.
Surveyors thoroughly examined and evaluated all aspects of the agency, assessing more than 1,200 program service standards. This included Rise’s

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Rise’s Ben Streitz supports mental health practitioner in her important work

Rise’s Ben Streitz supports mental health practitioner in her important work

Having struggled for years with mental health issues herself, Amanda Cummings is now on the front lines assisting people who are especially challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a mental health practitioner at People, Inc.’s location in Coon Rapids, Amanda provides one-on-one and group support, assists people with crisis prevention

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