RISE Life Services is about to embark on a new partnership with Hampton Bays High School and the special education class. RISE’s Main Street Connection Day Program will be welcoming students from Hampton Bays at the Northville Sensory Gardens for volunteer activities.

On May 1, the group of students met up with JoAnn Vitale, day program coordinator, and the day program participants to tour the gardens and farm. They walked paths, met the animals and enjoyed lunch. The Hampton Bays class plans to visit the Sensory Gardens once per month to help with gardening, grounds-keeping and caring for the animals. The class is a group of eleven individuals currently, ranging in age from fifteen to twenty-one. A couple of students who are graduating this June are interested in joining the Main Street Connection Day Program at RISE.

“We enjoy getting out into the community and volunteering,” said Carla, their teacher at Hampton Bays H.S., “Not only is the activity of gardening and helping with the farm great for us, but helping out RISE and such a beautiful location is a positive experience as well.” Carla and the class have also helped out locally at Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue Farm in Riverhead, so they have practice with the animals and their care. The group from Hampton Bays High School intends to return in June for their first volunteer session.

To learn more about RISE Life Services, the Main Street Connection Day Program, residential housing, job opportunities and programs, please browse our website at riselifeservices.org or call 631-727-6220 ext. 203 with any questions.

RISE Life Services provides a residential and supported living environment on the East End of Long Island, dedicated to empowering people with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges to RISE to their full potential.