Q. What is RISE?
A. RISE provides supportive services to individuals who have been previously convicted, sentenced and incarcerated. Through direct service and agency partnerships, RISE offers case management, substance misuse treatment, behavioral health services, educational services, vocational training, computer literacy and employment services.
Q. Is there a cost for RISE services?
A. No. RISE services are provided free of charge by the City of Philadelphia.
Q. How long is the program?
A. RISE offers a variety of services and depending on the need of the participant; the program can last up to twelve months.
Q. I have experienced difficulty obtaining employment because of my criminal record. How can RISE help me?
A. RISE provides employment services to those enrolled in our program. These services include Job Readiness Training (JRT), Computer Literacy Training, and Vocational Training.
Q. Can RISE get me a job?
A. RISE is not an employment agency. However, through the workforce development staff, RISE works to connect returning citizens to sustainable jobs through our network of employers. Those that are enrolled in the RISE program and complying with all guidelines and recommendations are assisted with job placement and retention services. We cannot guarantee that you will get a job.
Q. If I am on probation, parole or in a halfway house can I participate in the RISE program?
A. Yes; RISE works closely with the Department of Corrections, Adult Probation and Parole.
Q. If I have an open case am I eligible for the program?
A. No. RISE cannot provide services to you until your case has been finalized.
Q. If I live outside of Philadelphia, can I attend the program?
A. No, you must be a resident of Philadelphia with proof of your address to enroll in the RISE program.
Q. I do not have transportation to get to and from RISE, can you assist me?
A. When enrolled in RISE training classes, tokens will be provided to ensure you are able to attend daily.