RISE Foundation, Inc.

RISE's mission is to help people become self-sufficient by building and sustaining human and financial assets.
Nov 16, 2016

It is never to late too change!

 

Tamika believes her shift to a more positive perception of life has led to a more joyful reality and RISE was key in that transformation. By focusing on the moment Tamika is continuing to RISE, even though it may not have always been the case, her daily walk is filled is thanks and gratitude.

Tamika heard about RISE’s Save Up program at a resource fair held at Department of Human Services, where she formally worked.  Tamika was looking to make a change in her life financially. She had a budget, but wasn’t receiving the outcomes she knew she should. It wasn’t until she came to RISE and learned how to develop a spending plan that she able to see on paper where every penny of her income went.

Tamika says that another aspect of class that impacted her life was creating a vision board, a critical piece of the class. Designing the vision board helped her visualize a clear purpose for her life and she keeps it as a daily reminder of what her intentions are.

Tamika is focused and determined. She used her RISE match funds to pay for her college tuition. She says the money from the Save Up program will allow her to graduate a year earlier as she continues to learn and live a debt free life. Tamika learned that you should take life one day at a time and you can accomplish what you desire and she reminds herself daily to not focus on what tomorrow or next week holds, but to focus all energy doing the best she can today.

Please consider contributing your resources and support RISE as we transform lives! An investment in RISE is an investment in the future of Memphis.  We have proven that it pays dividends to give people the tools they need to become and remain self-sufficient rather than pay for social services that only treat the symptoms.  When the cycle of generational poverty is broken, we all win in terms of decreased crime, increased productivity, lower healthcare costs and more engaged citizens. 

Oct 26, 2016

Motivational Heroes, Achieving Goals

Student Hero
Student Hero

RISE staff, volunteers and mentors are teaching today's students to become goal setting, money saving, future leaders.

Rubbing elbows with the brave hearted men and women of the Memphis Fire Department, doesn’t happen every day; but for these lucky young ladies, it did. 

In an effort to expose young ladies to the various careers within the Memphis Fire Department (MFD), the RISE Foundation collaborated with RedZone Ministries and one of our Goal Card Schools to recruit young ladies for the 2nd Annual HERo DAY. During the day the young ladies had an opportunity to climb a 30-foot aerial ladder, rappel over the edge of a five-story building, suit up in protective fire gear, as well as engage in a training for hands only CPR.

And in doing so, this amazing opportunity allowed our ladies to get a hands on glimpse of a career which they could possibly pursue. A career that could be obtained immediately following high school. An opportunity to engage in an eye opening experience, the RISE's Goal Card scholars. These ladies they were able to see, engage, as well as explore by asking questions to individuals that looked like them. Director Gina Sweat, could not have said it better, “Anything they can see, they can be.”  HERo DAY was an opportunity for exposure and learning, and that mission was a success.

Please consider supporting RISE and our efforts to teach our children. RISE empowers people to become self-sufficient by building and sustaining human financial assets.  

Thankful Heroes
Thankful Heroes
Sep 30, 2016

Some Businesses Really Get It!

Mid-South Food Bank Common Cents Class
Mid-South Food Bank Common Cents Class

Some businesses really get it!  They understand the importance of Financial Literacy to the productivity of their staff.  If employees are to give their best at work, they can’t worry about creditors calling them on the job or having their wages garnished.  When this happens, it is not only embarrassing to the worker, it also creates additional cost for the employer who must produce one check for the employee and one additional check that must be sent to the courts until the debt is satisfied.  For employees who don’t make a great deal of money, this can cause even more stress that can produce physical symptoms, that often lead to poor attendance and poor attention to tasks that must be performed in a safe manner on the job.

 One local organization in Memphis – the Food Bank of the Mid-South truly gets it!  They want their staff to be financially secure as they help improve the food security of thousands of families in the mid-south area. So every other year, RISE goes on site and provides the “Common Cents” program for over 20 + employees of the nonprofit organization.  As you can see from the class picture, the Food Bank staff are serious with the class and want to learn more about not just making ends meet each payday, but making the ends over-lap. You see they learn in the Common Cents class the importance of saving money each pay period to the point that it becomes a routine transaction on payday. They learn how to avoid making hasty decisions that often cost more than if they waited and planned for the purchases.  

As the staff at the Food Bank learns improved money management skills, they can pass those on to their family, friends, others in the community, and even to those they serve.  You see Common Cents is contagious and you can help it to spread to others with every donation that you make to RISE!   Your donation not only will help with the spread of financial management skills but it will also produce smiling faces like the one you see in the picture, after completing the Food Bank of the Mid-South's Common Cents class!  Thank you for every gift you make to RISE, because your gifts spread sound financial management to others who need it!

Smiling when you know how to handle your money!
Smiling when you know how to handle your money!
 
   

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