RISE Foundation, Inc.

RISE's mission is to help people become self-sufficient by building and sustaining human and financial assets.
Feb 24, 2016

Results of a Little Encouragement for a Child

RISE Goal Card Student
RISE Goal Card Student

Thanks so much if you decide to support or will be providing continued support of RISE's Goal Card Program.  The generosity of donors has helped us transform the lives of many low-income students.  Lil’ Charles is a perfect example of how just a little encouragement transformed his life in a positive way after a tragic experience. 

Just a few semesters ago, Lil’ Charles grandmother, who's raising him, expressed deep concern over his low academic performance. His grandmother asked the school for help but his teachers didn't think that he was capable of moving to the next grade last year. He was also threatened to be expelled from school because he fought other students who teased him about his family situation.  The grandmother who knew about the Goal Card program, enrolled him inspite of the teacher’s prognosis.  She also enrolled him in a neighborhood charter school and the rest of the story is history.  Lil’ Charles got off to a super start this school year by displaying extraordinary academic progress in each of his classes -- so much that he has made the honor role for the past two nine-week grading periods. His grandmother proudly tells people that “he is not doomed to be on the short yellow bus but is now running and leaping to prepare himself to attend college in the future!" 

Lil’ Charles has had to overcome some serious challenges.  During his time of academic transition, his mother passed away and he suffered a period of tremendous grief.  But he has since channeled his energy in a direction of scholastic aptitude and success in the classroom.  We are immensely proud of Lil’ Charles' hard work and dedication. .

RISE can continue to help other students like Lil Charles with your generosity through GlobalGiving. Joins us and be a part of helping to encourage a child to be the best that he can be. Your financial support can make more stories like Lil Charles' have a Wonderful, Happy Ending

Dec 22, 2015

Having A Home For Christmas - What A Present for my child!

Verna and her daughter
Verna and her daughter

Verna, who has an entry level government job, enrolled in the Save Up Program in the spring of 2014. She heard about the program from a classmate and former Save Up participant.  They both were enrolled in an Industrial Readiness Training program at a Junior College in hopes of improving their employment opportunities.  Verna was excited when she learned that RISE could help her realize her dream of home ownership.  You see Verna and her daughter Morgan lived in a one bedroom apartment, sharing a bedroom, with no area outside where should could safely play

Being in the Save Up program didn’t come without challenges.  Verna openly shared during the class that “Saving is hard.  As soon as I started saving, something would always happen.  For example, the struts on both sides of my old car went bad and had to be replaced.  It all worked out though and I didn’t have to withdraw money from my Save Up account because RISE taught me to always save for emergencies.”

Verna realized her dream of home ownership before Christmas, with the purchase of a two bedroom, two bath, brick home in a gated community.  The house had all of the amenities that Verna could ever dream of and especially the large fenced-in backyard where her daughter can run and play.  Verna now shares with others, “Having our own home means that my two year old daughter gets to have her own room and I can play with her outside now….in the safe privacy of our own backyard…..thanks to RISE.”

What a Christmas present for Verna and her daughter, all because of donations made by you and others to the Save Up program.  Look at the smiles on both of their faces.  Please continue to support young struggling families like Verna, who want to work hard and improve their situation so their families can be safe and experience the American Dream of Homeownership!

Dec 3, 2015

Planning now with a "Little Common Cents"

LaTonya
LaTonya

As we end 2015 and plan to begin 2016, you can see how eagerly the RISE Common Cents participants are learning new skills and techniques that help them begin a habit of saving for emergencies and for the future every day.  Even though most of the individuals who attend the Common Cents Classes are from low income working families - one thing they all have in common is the desire to make better choices with the financial resources they have. 

Why do these folks come to RISE?  Either their employer has made this class possible for them to attend, or they have meet someone who has gone through the class; and seen firsthand how good money management skills can make a difference - the difference in how they are able to meet their family’s need.  Like LaTonya who is pictured here with a glowing smile.  She doesn’t earn a great deal to support herself and four children, but her co-workers constantly ask her, “How are you able to provide the things that you do for you family when you make less than we do?”  Her response is always, “I have learned through the RISE Foundation, how to comparison shop, use coupons, keep a monthly spending plan and always set aside money each month that goes into my savings account.”  LaTonya has become a walking advertisement for RISE.  She demonstrates how Common Cents has helped her save, purchase a home, car and a family computer, that both she and her children use.

In the Common Cents class, information is shared with participants not only on how to develop spending plans but how credit scores determine the cost of goods and services that they buy over time.  When class participants actually see how credit scores are determined, they are surprised to see that it does not include the amount of money that you earn – it focuses mostly on how well you manage your money, and credit card usage.  They are simply amazed that they can have a credit score of over 700 with their entry level wages, if they use the money management skills learned in the class.

One day the RISE Foundation, has a vision that everyone in the community will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated classes that will bring money management skills to everyone in the Mid-South area.  We have the waiting list, so we have people who want to move forward like LaTonya. Through your contributions and the contributions of others, RISE can make this vision a reality. Please help us today!

 
   

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