riseRISE has received a $5,000 grant from the Opportunity to Thrive Grant Program and The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. This grant will be used to help survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence overcome barriers to their self-sufficiency. RISE’s case management program focuses on helping survivors gain self-sufficiency and independence while empowering them to heal from trauma, secure safe housing for themselves and their children, and live violence-free lives in the community.

RISE Executive Director Jennifer Adams said, “RISE clients are able to utilize funds from the Opportunity to Thrive Grant to provide life-changing support such as tuition for school, clothing for work, and car repairs.”

The purpose of the Opportunity to Thrive Grant Program is to provide support to individuals and families in transition, striving to achieve self-sufficiency and stability. Grant funds are used to overcome one-time barriers and address gaps in assistance programs.

Each year, The Community Foundation awards $2-3 million in grants and scholarships with more than 90% of grant funding remaining locally in San Luis Obispo County. For more information on The Community Foundation’s grants program, visit www.cfsloco.org or call (805) 543-2323.

RISE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to transform the lives of sexual and intimate partner violence survivors, their families, and the community through services and education that promote safety, healing, and empowerment. RISE provides the following programs: 24-hour support line, case management, restraining order assistance, accompaniment and advocacy, two emergency shelters, individual and group counseling, and prevention education. To learn more, visit www.RISEslo.org.