expansion: why we need your support!
RISE is a monthly newspaper distributed directly inside our county jails — where a large portion of the population need access to social services, drug treatment, housing, and job opportunities.
The printed resource guide inside RISE newspaper is an important tool for inmates to plan 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 to those being released from jail.
In order to have a greater impact, 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:
Right on Release Care Packages*
Most of the items for these packages so far have been purchased by RISE Staff out of pocket. These include snacks, waters, seasonal comfort items, encouraging notes, and resource guides. Donating here will directly fund the purchase of these packages for people getting out of jail.
NARCAN Kits and Training
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.
Metro Passes for Rides 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 Metro pass, creating mobility and empowerment.
Prepaid Phones with Resource Numbers Saved
If you’ve been in jail for over a month, your phone is likely dead or your service has been shut off. Then you're released, without notice. Where do you go from there? Donating here will fund the purchase of prepaid phones that will be programmed with all of our reentry resources and offered to those coming out of the jail. This is a vital tool for those seeking support and employment.
*These items are currently distributed by our Street Team. 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!