Project RISE (Reaching Independence through Support and Education) is a community support program which provides hope to struggling families. Here in Aurora, we believe in helping those who want to be helped. Not to mention, these families WORKED HARD to change their lifestyle and to get where they’re at now and it shows!

Additionally, we’ve been working closely with Amy Blansit of the Drew Lewis Foundation who’s been working on similar projects through Springfield’s Northwest Project. By presenting new opportunities, Amy gives communities chances to grow and prosper. Basically, Amy Blansit is a BOSS and we are very grateful to have her our team. (Thank you, Amy!)

In March of 2019, eight AH-MAZING families graduated from the initial phase of Project Rise and we cannot be more proud. Not only have we seen great progress within in the program, but also with the individuals themselves. The families are more confident, more secure, and more proud from when they initially entered the program and it shows! (How many times can we say the word “proud?”)

We really do appreciate all of those who supported this project from the very beginning. Not to mention, all of our community members (you know who you are!) whose efforts and support made this all possible. Furthermore, we want to give a big THANK YOU to all the families who put their trust in this program and for their never-ending commitment.

?? Please, let us all give a round of applause to all the graduating families (listed below)! ??

  • Kevin & Stephanie
  • Brandy
  • Lorie
  • Tami
  • Angela
  • Sabrina
  • Carol
  • Emberly

For those who are interested in being a part of or wanting to learn more about this program, please check out Project RISE’s Facebook page.