Go Further and Experience More
RISE is a beautiful and dynamic Day Service program for semi-independent individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are interested in growing in their independence and exploring the community around them.
A unique offering of GoodLife, RISE participants in Douglas and Johnson Counties get to learn and improve their life skills, build friendships, mentor their peers, and give back to and have fun in their communities.
Why Participate in RISE?
Become More Independent
RISE's curriculum-based teaching focuses on equipping participants with the skills needed to become their most independent selves. Lessons are tailored to the individuals in RISE and are developed to easily transition from the RISE clubhouse directly into the participant's daily lives.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Participants have direct input on the RISE community outings and volunteer opportunities and can make requests on where to go and what to do. They get to choose where to explore in their community!
RISE emphasizes fun and new experiences that bring people together. RISE participants in both Douglas and Johnson Counties often form close friendships and learn to mentor their peers by collaborating with and serving other Day Service programs at GoodLife.
Who is a Good Fit for RISE?
Individuals who are semi-independent, active, and highly mobile are a good fit for RISE.
Other characteristics of individuals who do well in RISE:
• able to take direction well
• has a desire to grow and learn in their independence
• thrives being out in the community
• comfortable walking long distances and can navigate stairs
• able to stick together in larger groups with less supervision
• able to adapt to last-minute changes to outings (due to inclement weather and the like)
What does the Curriculum look like?
The RISE curriculum focuses on building important life skills like hygiene and cleaning, cooking, job preparation and resume-building, journaling and art, money management, and more. With the growth of the program, our RISE leadership is further developing the curriculum to include objectives and outcomes, allowing staff to better support participants as they take their skills from the RISE clubhouse into their everyday lives.
How Do I Get Started With RISE?
You'll meet with our Director of Admissions, Stephanie Thorne, to discuss getting started with GoodLife's Day Services. She'll get some preliminary information from you on your needs, interests, and requirements.
Using the information from your meeting, our Director of Admissions will make a recommendation for Day Services and, if you're a good fit, RISE.
The recommendation from our Director of Admissions goes to the RISE team for review and approval. If there are openings in your area and if the RISE team approves your recommendation, we will contact you with next steps.
Ready to Get Started?
For more information or to get started with RISE, fill out a Services Inquiry on our Contact page. Our Director of Admissions, Stephanie Thorne will help you get started!Contact Us