Riverhead

Meet the Staff: Jared Gabrielli

RISE Life Services has an amazing team of people, who make a powerful and positive difference every day in people’s lives.  We’d like you to meet our staff members and learn more about them. This week we are bringing back our Q&A blog and we introduce you to Jared Gabrielli, Mental Health Program Coordinator. We asked Jared some questions to get to know him better. What is your role at RISE? I am the Program Coordinator of the Mental Health Program.  I...

Karen’s Milestone 60th Birthday Party is a First

Karen Dimase just turned sixty. This year is the most memorable birthday yet because the team in the Mental Health Program at RISE planned a big celebration. This party marks the first birthday bash that Karen has ever had in her life. Ms. Dimase lives in a Mental Health Program house in Aquebogue. This year, the team wanted to do something extraordinary for her. So, Cherita Massenburg, Maxine Love and other staff planned a casino-themed party and invited all of her...

Volunteers from Day Program Help Food Pantry

The Main Street Connection, RISE Life Services’ day program without walls, has been helping RISE’s Main Street Market food pantry each week. Every Monday, the group travels to the Island Harvest warehouse to pick up food donations supplementary to the weekly allotment received during Wednesday’s delivery. A small group loads the van and then everyone helps unpack the food into the pantry for Wednesday when it’s open to the public. Additionally, once or twice per...

Open house for The Main Street Connection

Participants of this innovative program are afforded the opportunity to use and build upon their current skill set to integrate into the community.  The “Day Program Without Walls” offers a choice of daily activity with more flexibility than a traditional certified site-based program. The focus of this program is: • Social Skills • Academic Training • Life Skills Development The program schedule is three days per week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm. The group works on establishing productive routines...

Next Chapter Book Club

The Main Street Connection Day Program, also known as the day program without walls, participates in various activities in the community every week. One of those recent activities has been a book club at the Comsewogue Public Library. Individuals of The Main Street Connection have been taking part in a reading program at the Comsewogue Public Library hosted by Literacy Nassau, called the Next Chapter Book Club. They gather weekly and read a book of their choice together as a group. The...

The 5th Annual Shamrock Shindig is coming up soon!

Welcome 2019, kicking-off with great energy and plans for the new year at RISE. We have a lot planned for you to enjoy while you help support our fundraising efforts and enhance our programs.  We, at RISE Life Services, are looking forward to celebrating our 5th Annual Shamrock Shindig at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:30pm. This event is a lot of fun and always an evening to remember! Enjoy Irish fare in honor...

A Year in Review

The year 2018 was full of growth and positive change. We look back now on our year in blogs and are thrilled with the success we have experienced; along with the details we learned about our staff, residents and our programs. Thank you for joining us on this journey and reading our blogs each week. We enjoyed sharing about the expansion of our food pantry; the addition of our day program, The Main Street Connection; the improvements to our Northville Sensory...

Giving Tuesday 2018

This Nov 27th is #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday is a worldwide day of giving, a social movement, that begins after a weekend of shopping from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday has become an important part of our fundraising each year. This year we are fundraising to impact The Main Street Market Food Pantry. Our food pantry has grown significantly over the last year, but so has the need. The community who depends on us continues to grow,...

Thanks + Giving

This week is Thanksgiving and we are thankful for so many things: our team, our community of supporters and most importantly, the individuals we serve in our programs. We are currently reflecting back on the past year and year before that to measure our growth and review the changes that took place. During this season, it is also a time to consider giving. We have grown significantly since 2017 and have implemented numerous positive changes and proven effective practices, increasing programs...

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