The RISE Program

The RISE (Residential Independence Self-Sufficiency and Education) residential program provides young adults who have aged out of the foster care system with a stable environment so they can pursue their education with full concentration.

The agency pays for rent and utilities so that our young people can focus on their path to independent adulthood while focusing on their studies.

Residential Independence Self-Sufficiency and Education

RISE Participants carrying in boxes of supplies while smiling

While in the program our young people are also expected to work part-time and save a portion of their income so that they will have the funds to move out on their own after graduation.

Who is eligible?

Applicants to the RISE program must:

  • Be between 18 and 24.
  • Have had an open case with DCP&P at the age of 18 and were in out-of-home placement at 18.
  • Be motivated to further their education through a 2-4 year college enrollment, vocational training, or certificate program.
  • Be able to live safely independently in an apartment or house environment with roommates.

How long is the RISE program?

The RISE program is designed to be a 2-3 year program, but each young person is evaluated for the length of stay on a case-by-case basis.

What does the RISE program offer?

RISE provides housing, case management, employment support, educational support, financial literacy, life-skills training, and light financial assistance to its participants.

For more information, please contact:

Allison Mirabelli
Program Director
Allison.Mirabelli@rootsandwingsnj.org