Rise & Dream Foundation

Foundation History

Kristin Hodge,
Founder and CEO of

RISE & Dream Foundation

  1. 1991 - Kristin (Sewell) Hodge attends a Women's Church Conference in Phoenix, AZ where she realizes her mission is to make an impact to those in the community that need real help.  With this seed planted in her heart, her passion rises and her life changes forever.
  2. 1993 - Kristin begins her first company Heaven Sent Events Fundraising & Coordinating where she began raising money to help non-profit organizations, churches and schools raise the money they need for their programs to flourish.
  3. 2012 -Kristin founds RISE & Dream Foundation to make an impact in the lives of the families and children in our neighborhoods who truly are in need of help.  
  4. 2014 -The RISE & Dream Foundation grows by leaps and bounds to help over 120+ children and families in need.  Volunteers for the Adopt-a-family program topped at 50. 
  5. Our work in the community has reached a record high in 2016/17 .  
    - We have had over 250 volunteers help RISE
    - We have adopted over 300 children and families throughout the year.
    - We have distributed 1600 breakfasts and 1600 lunches for the weekend backpack program during the last 2016-2017 school year
    - We have brought in hairstylists/barbers to give families fresh haircuts during our Christmas giving event in San Tan Valley & Tempe
    - We brought in local photographers to take portraits for each family during our Christmas giving event in San Tan Valley & Tempe
    - We partnered with Lydian Dental in San Tan Valley & Tempe to give the children screenings, floride treatments and take on 20 families in emergency dental situations. 
    - We distributed over 800 toys and over 400 outfits along with 1000+ socks and shoes during the year
    - We delivered over 300 Food Boxes, 300 Hygiene Baskets, and 200 Cleaning Supply Bags with toilet paper.  
    - We have expanded our storage/warehouse area from the founders home and garage to 9 storage units totaling 1600 sq feet with shelves and racks.  
  6. 2018 - we brought on Misti James as our Executive Director to bring her experience, passion and determination to be involved in the work currently we do, help us reach our goals to get the funding needed to continue our work, and to expand in areas needed so we can reach more families in need. 
    Future - expand our reach to make an impact from city to city in each state across the country in our RISE Community Centers.  Currently we are serving 9 cities:  San Tan Valley, Florence, Queen Creek, Higley/Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Apache Junction, Tempe and Phoenix, 

Our founder

     Making an impact to the people the Lord puts in my life is like water to drink and air to breathe.  I could not exist without air and water and I do not exist with giving back to those who need it most.  I do not feel it's necessary to live in a shelter, low income housing or on the street to get help.  It's about making an impact with people right where they stand in need - no judgement just love in action. 


     I spent 20+ years helping other organizations fulfill their mission, and when the Lord told me it's time for me to focus specifically on certain types of resources for people in regular neighborhoods that don't always qualify for help but are in true need.  I accepted the call and RISE and Dream was founded.  

     What was shown to me was that the majority of people are one crisis away from loosing everything.  I watched time after time, a family member go through a medical crisis or life situation and because of the loss of time on the job or a loss of job they had a hard time recovering and saving their family.  So many times they lost their home and had to relocate.  Kids would suffer with shoes that had holes and clothes that didn't fit, or would go hungry - minimal supplies to take care of their needs and the kids definitely couldn't participate with sports programs.  They often times would come to the schools with their hair dirty and not being well cared for with hygiene.  What I could see is the heart of the parents didn't want this, but they just couldn't recover and get their family to the next level.   

     So, I developed a mission with RISE to reach the families and children in the neighborhoods - your neighbors, my neighbors who need the help.  Myself along with the board, staff, volunteers, partners and friends of RISE - We want to BRING HOPE AND BREATHE LIFE BACK INTO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST IT.  We seek to INVEST, STRENGTHEN and RESTORE those families who need it most. 

We bring hope and breathe life back into those who have lost it!