How RISE works and
why we need your support!
RISE is a monthly newspaper distributed directly inside our county jails — where a large portion of the population can really benefit from access to social services, drug treatment, housing, and employment opportunities.
The printed resource guide inside RISE newspaper is an important tool for inmates to use while incarcerated, but what about right when they get out? Can we do more? Together our team meets regularly to distribute Right on Release care packages (including donated snacks, seasonal comfort items, notes of encouragement, and resource guides) to those being released from jail.
RISE has a mission to assist as many people as we can. We need your help to expand our Right on Release program, and to add the following items to the growing list of amenities we provide:
NARCAN (naloxone) is a nasal spray that blocks the effects of an opioid and reverses an overdose. Donating here will directly fund the purchase and distribution of this life-saving medication.
If you’ve been in jail for over a month, chances are your phone is dead or your service has been shut off. Then you are released, without notice. Where do you go from there? Donating here will fund the purchase of prepaid cellphones that will be preprogrammed with all of our reentry resource information, and offered to those coming out of the Justice Center. Having access to a phone will be an important tool for those seeking social support and employment.
Transportation is a vital component to security. Donating here will help us offer Uber/Lyft rides to those coming out of jail, providing them with a safe and reliable way to get home.
Access to reliable transportation is extremely important to an individual reentering our community. From job readiness to medical appointments, donating here will ensure that those reentering have a month-long Metro pass, creating mobility and empowerment.
*These items are distributed directly by our street team of volunteers. Individuals receiving them are required to fill out an agreement form and questionnaire — providing valuable follow-up info.
With your support, we will continue to distribute as many of these life-saving items as possible. All donations are made payable to our fiscal agent, Education Matters, and are tax-deductible. So join us, and help those who want the chance to RISE! Thank you!