Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image RISE direct support personnel Jessica Gunderson (right) encourages a client excercising on a treadmill Tuesday morning. Rise is holding an open house Thursday at its facility in Tooele.

August 12, 2014
Tooele RISE Opportunity Center moves to new, larger location

The Tooele RISE Opportunity Center has moved and will have a ribbon cutting ceremony with a reception at its new location this Thursday.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is at 10 a.m. at 1784 N. Aaron Drive in Tooele. Afterward, an open house with tours and refreshments will continue until 2 p.m.

RISE Services, Inc. is an non-profit company founded to help people with disabilities. It currently has 20 Tooele County residents who receive services.

“The RISE mission is to create opportunities for and with people,” said Monica Villar, a RISE training specialist. “We are able to realize our mission with our organizational-wide vision of supporting the total person physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.”

She added, “We value equality, choice, safety, exceeding expectations and service above self. We support people with developmental disabilities by providing independent living services, day activities and employment supports.”

RISE’s previous location was at 46 S. Main in Tooele for 10 years. The new location, held inside St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, offers more space.

“We had outgrown it for a really long time,” said Villar about the old location. “We were not able to do the activities we wanted, and everyone was in one room. Now we have a sensory room, a game room and other rooms.”

RISE has several services open to those with disabilities and their families. It has a staff of about 800 at three different divisions in Utah, Oregon and Arizona.

According to Villar, RISE’s family services provides family support, professional parenting and foster care to approximately 379 homes statewide. Family services also has after school, summer programs and respite care.

The “Intercept” program, also provided through family services, offers individual, family and group mental health therapy in addition to medication management. RISE also has group homes for individuals in need of 24-hour care, in-home hourly services and day centers. The company is also preparing to introduce new services for the aging population later this year, added Villar.

RISE also provides jobs for the disabled that allows them to feel more involved and a part of the community.

“Employment services provides assistance to individuals with barriers to employment,” said Villar. “It provides employment job placement and continued support on the job to ensure success to the employee and the employer.”

She noted that many employers do not realize the tax benefits available to them when hiring individuals with disabilities. She said RISE employment specialists are trained to assist these businesses in navigating through the benefits.

“I love watching the staff we have that help people grow, and the people that we have in our services get to do things they wouldn’t otherwise,” Villar said.

She said RISE  is reaching out to the Tooele County community to offer help to individuals and families in need of services.

“We really want the public to know we are here and to know what we do,” said Villar. “We want them to be more supportive of it. I think that the biggest thing they can really do is being a welcoming community. The patients really do want to be included in the activities.”

For more information on RISE go to www. riseservicesinc.org or call the local officer at 435-882-0026.

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