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Holiday Traditions

Shared by The Main Street Connection Day Program group: Peter, Jesse, Ronald, Lillian, Khiry, Donna, Eric, Kevin, Robert, Gabe, Michael, James and Jimmy The Holiday Season is upon us. Decorations glisten throughout the RISE Main Office building at 901 East Main Street. The day program area there is donned with sparkling, colorful trimmings, as are the rafters at the Northville Sensory Garden day program barn. It seemed very appropriate to talk to the group of individuals attending day program about their...

The Karry’s Story

Casey Karry tells her story about her family and RISE Life Services (Aid to the Developmentally Disabled). My older brother was born with severe developmental disabilities and spent roughly half of his childhood in Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center. At the age of 18 he was transferred to Creedmoor Psychiatric Center where he was often subjected to unspeakable abuse. I desperately wanted to take him back home but at 6’2″ and close to 200 pounds that was not a realistic solution ​ In 1980,...

Learn more about RISE’s Sensory Gardens

In 1999 the Planning Committee of RISE’s Board of Directors proposed a project that would create a sensory garden on the underutilized 2.5 acres of RISE’s Northville ICF. The garden’s committee was made up of board members, local businesses, farmers, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, community groups, and interested neighbors.  The gardens were completed through these dedicated individuals who spent countless hours of planning and working on this worthwhile enterprise.  It has been a wonderful way to create a bridge of understanding...

Learn more about the RISE Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) Program

RISE’s IRA program, licensed by the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), opened its first IRA residences in December of 1994. RISE currently operates twelve IRA residences. One of them is our Geriatric IRA in Greenport. Nine of these IRAs are supervised (staff available 24/7) and two are Supportive IRAs (staff available when needed). RISE’s IRA program serves individuals, both male and female, over 21 years of age, who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities and who function within the severe to moderate range. All...

Our ICF Program

The ICF (Intermediate Care Facilities) Program at Rise Life Services is comprised of 5 residential homes located throughout the East End of Long Island.  This program is supported by OPWDD (Office of People with Developmental Disabilities) and caters to men and women, over 21 years of age, who are diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability.  Each residence is supervised 24/7 by staff who are committed to the individual’s they serve. Overall, our ICF’s serve individuals who are unable to care for their...

Our Mental Health Program

What do we do in our Mental Health (MH) Program? The Mental Health program consists of four levels of housing with varying staff supports. Our Treatment Congregate program and Dually Diagnosed programs offer the people we serve 24-hour a day staffing. The participants live with 8-9 other people. Support, training, and assistance in activities of daily living such as shopping, cooking, money management, medication management, use of community services, and independent living skills are provided by trained staff. Rent includes food,...

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