Rise & Dream Foundation
Founder and CEO of
RISE & Dream Foundation
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!