Rise Reentry Services Program

According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, before transformation can become fully realized, they must first have their basic needs met.

Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE) Reentry Services

Workforce Development

Employment Readiness
Job Placement
Learn to Code
RISE Business Enterprises
Retention Support

Supportive Housing

Supportive Services

Behavioral Health

Supportive Services

Once participant’s basic needs are met, we provide alternative health training to strengthen over-all health and well-being, and community sustainability.

Strengthening Community Sustainability

RISE uses Alternative Healing Training (AHT) to strengthen reentry outcomes under our innovations in reentry programs. RISE has provided AHT to incarcerated citizens in San Mateo County Jail Choices Program, San Bruno Correctional Facility Five Keys Charter School, Community-Based Organizations, and community. The AHT is specifically designed to address the overall health needs in a non-invasive, non-medical manner associated with multigenerational trauma. AHT consists of:

  • Mindfulness Meditation: To address trauma and reduce stress associated with reentry.
  • Neuro/biofeedback: To improve focus and attention, increase self-discipline and awareness, reduce anxiety, relieve depression, reduce stress, reduce cravings, improve emotional wellness, and identify acute head injury from blunt traumas associated with physical injury.
  • Optimum Health: To help restore the biological systems impacted by historical trauma, substance use, and incarceration using organic, live, and natural foods.
  • Transformational Expressive Arts (TEA): The use of expressive arts in Self-Discovery, Self-Development, Artistic Expressions, and Self-Actualization. TEA addresses communication skills, curiosity/imagination, emotional intelligence, self-awareness and self-esteem, socialization.
  • Healing Circles: To help support returning citizens by facilitating peer-to-peer discussions within healing circles for a variety of topics focused on reentry. The communal gathering consists of those impacted by family dysfunctions, substance use, criminality, incarceration, the criminal justice system, and reentry.


Alternative to Violence Training Program

Research Institute for Social Equity, in partnership with Building Life Foundation Nonviolence Center, and Mad Miracles & Transformation (MMT) strives to help empower Returning Citizens (RC) returning from correctional facilities learn life skills to reduce violence against self, and others. Kingian Nonviolence Training (KNT) is based on the nonviolence philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr… Kingian Nonviolence is a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills, and motivation people need to pursue peaceful strategies for solving personal and community problems.

MMT training consist of self-love, self-awareness, and self-empowerment, effective communication, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. Both trainings are critical for RCs who may have a history, or a propensity, toward violence. This training will teach RCs how to incorporate (KNT) and MMT into their daily life at home, work, and in the community with the goal of better managing anger, thus decreasing violence, re-offense, and recidivism.

Training Curriculum:

  • Civil Rights Tours
  • Classroom Instructions
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Focus Groups
  • Mentorship
  • Personal Coaching: RISE, Building Life Foundations, and Mad Miracles

Technical Resource Navigation

During reentry, Returning Citizens (RC) are required to meet certain conditions of probation or parole.

To assist RCs efforts to meet these conditions, RISE maintains collaborative relationships with engineering partners tasked with creating technical navigational tools that RCs can use to meet supervisory standards successfully.

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