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 and work opportunities for the individuals we serve. Our food pantry has doubled in its food allotment and location size, moving to a new space in our office building at 901 East Main Street in Riverhead. This year, we started a brand new day program without walls called The Main Street Connection where participants spend the majority of their program time in the community. We were able to enhance our work program opportunities to extend to the Riverhead Car Wash in addition to the Main Street Market Food Pantry and Northville Sensory Garden as resources for employment. Ultimately; we have created even more pride within the individuals at RISE and have become an even stronger team.

As you most certainly have seen with the change in our logo, we have rebranded to our more fitting name: RISE Life Services. This new name, which is a DBA of Aid to the Developmentally Disabled (ADD), encompasses what we do more accurately. We are elevating lives to their full potential. At RISE Life Services, we are dedicated to providing enhanced opportunities for individuals to reach and often surpass their personal goals.  In line with our mission and our rebrand initiative, we have rolled out a brand new website, which now offers a more modern look but more importantly, enhanced functionality. It is hoped that our network will now grow even more through this essential mode of communication.

RISE continues to grow and as we achieve each of our goals, new ones are created. One of those goals is to strengthen our organization by building our endowment. There are many ways you can help. Please visit our Estate Planning page, or consider donating and simply visiting our Donate page. Your support of RISE can help our agency continue to provide the highest quality of care. With our endowment fund, we are building a foundation from which to grow and continue confidently towards a secure financial future.

We invite you to also explore new fundraising programs, employment opportunities and upcoming events on our website. RISE Life Services provides a residential and supported living environment dedicated to empowering people with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges to RISE to their full potential. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 631-727-6220 x 203.