by Brian Fowler, RISE

On April 28 the RISE 2016 Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World Spanish class celebrated its graduation.

The class started with 11 students, and all 11 graduated. This 100% Getting Ahead graduation rate is a first for RISE.

Congratulations to Angela, Bonnie, Renee, and Krista for loving, encouraging, and supporting these students on their successful graduation journey. What a solid team. Co-facilitator Angela and RISE staffer Renee, both Getting Ahead graduates, are proof that this program works.

RISE-GA-Spanish-2The storyboards were powerful, the mother and daughter dancing was delightful, the potluck food delicious, and the love, support, and joy were heartwarming.

Each graduate has such a powerful story and such beautiful dreams, and they are so filled with hope. Now the hard and rewarding work continues to ensure we support each graduate on their journey toward stability and achieving their goals and dreams.

This is what we’re all about: educating, loving, guiding, and supporting one family at a time.

Congratulations to the graduates and the RISE staff, and thank you to aha! Process for the Getting Ahead program.

May God continue to bless RISE and the folks we serve.