Many homeless people are caught in situations that lead to a vicious cycle that prevents them from rising up from homelessness. Situations can range from any combination of mental illness, addiction, serious health issues, legal troubles or just plain bad luck. Having the security of housing fulfills a critical step on the path to independent living. Rising Up is seeking to work with people that seem to fall through the cracks of existing social programs. For example, people who have some kind of income, but are not able to access or navigate available programs, or families affected by job loss, the onset of serious health issues, or incarceration of the primary income provider.
We are working to develop a service that will work as an extension of exiting programs, in many cases serving as a bridge between a traditional emergency shelter and a help up to getting back on your feet. By offering help and support one homeless person at a time, we can understand their unique situations and design a plan that will help them rise up from homelessness. The goal of Rising Up is to have strong relationships with area agencies so that we can partner with them to place guests of our program in temporary or permanent housing. By giving people a place to call home, we are giving people a renewed sense of hope, self-worth, dignity and confidence that will aid them in their pursuit of independent living and improve the quality of life for our entire community.