What We Do

Making A Difference

Furthering our cause is the most important goal of our organization. We seek to support, empower, and provide high-quality resources to our community in a safe and secure environment. Our success isn’t measured in terms of wealth or profit margin but by the value,
we provide to those we serve.


Individual Development Account Program

One Step at a Time

The Individual Development Account program (IDA) at RISE is an opportunity for any refugee or immigrant who has been in the U.S. less than five years to receive assistance in building their financial future!

With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.

Home Purchase

Vehicle Purchase (may only be purchased if required/used for work or education purposes).

Starting your own business

Furthering your education (applies to a variety of higher education options).


Education Initiatives ENL Adult & Youth Ages 6-25

One Step at a Time

ADVANCE Programs @ RISE 2021 - 2022
Advance After School:
Will help students between the ages of 6 - 13 by offering academic support and enrichment for students throughout the school year.

Advance Summer:
This program is designed for elementary and middle school students, particularly those who have been in the country for under five years, to gain academic support and enrichment with a particular focus on literacy; provide opportunities for identity exploration; encourage healthy movement, play, and social interaction; and prepare students for the transition to young adulthood.

ASPIRE Programs @ RISE 2021 - 2022 Aspire:
Help students between the ages 14 - 25 set and achieve academic and career related goals
throughout the year.

Aspire Mentors:
Graduates from previous programs will mentor students who have been in the country for less than five years and help guide them through life as New Americans.

Aspire Generations:
An opportunity for New American students and their parents to come together and engage in

Employment Services:
Assistance with employment needs for those between the age of 14 - 25 including searching for jobs, helping write resumes and cover letters, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, etc.

Women’s Empowerment Program:
Strengthening the bond between mothers and daughters, and empowering women. (Ages 11 - Mothers).

Aspire Ubuntu (Summer Writing Program):
A two-week-long summer writing program held at Syracuse University with the goal of completing a college essay. Summer 2022


Case Management & Employment Services

Reinforcing our Commitment

RISE provides all essential services to ensure that all New Americans can live productive lives, engage in their communities, and continue to pursue successful integration. RISE Bridging Case Managers assists refugee & immigrants in navigating everyday tasks that may seem overwhelming or complex, but are ultimately necessary for their path to self-sufficiency.

At Refugee and Immigrants Self Empowerment, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. Health Clinic is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.


SyRAP Agricultural Program

Helping The Community

SyRAP is a training program for refugees who are interested in starting their own farming business or acquiring farmland. Farmers go through three years of ESOL, agriculture, gardening, marketing, and business training before they lease or buy land on their own. 

There are two facets to the SyRAP Program: the Community Gardens and the Incubator Farm. One of the biggest challenges facing refugee farmers if access to transportation and land. To solve this problem, SyRAP has two community gardens located on the Northside of Syracuse that are near the farmer’s homes. The locations are 120 Seward St. and 2033/2035 Lodi St. The Lodi Street Garden also doubles as a Farmer’s Market to train SyRAP farmers how to sell products to consumers. 

SyRAP farmers additionally have access to an Incubator Farm at the Salt City Harvest Farm in Kirkville, NY, where they are then able to farm on individual 1/4 or 1/8 acre plots. These plots not only increase the growing capacity of the farmers in SyRAP, but it also allows farmers to experiment with specialty crops from their home countries to see how well they grow in the Syracuse climate.

Desk with Stethoscope

Care Management 

Making Healthcare Accessible

What I a Home Health? 

  • A home health is a service to ensure effective coordination and management of care by ensuring all those involved in an individual's care are working together to support a person's recovery and overall health. 

  • It was created to ensure members get the services they need to connect and get regular guidance from a Care Manager on navigating the medical system in the United States.

  • Health homes help minimize preventable emergency department visits, establishing care with general practitioners and making sure members are developing a better relationship and understanding with the medical system overall. 

What is our program?

  • Our program helps refugees and immigrants communities by assessing their health care needs and creating a personalized care plan. We work to coordinate behavioral and physical healthcare needs of each patient by ensuring they are connected to the right healthcare providers. Care Managers work to connect members to services and providers such as physical therapists, specialty care practitioners, pharmacist, counselors (mental and health substance abuse), physicians, as well as social and legal aid, etc

  • Our care managers become advocates for the care recipients by conducting ongoing assessments and care plans to monitor and implement changes according to the individual needs of each client. 

  • Our care managers also assist with general care coordination by helping clients schedule medical appointments and partnering with the member’s doctor and a team of healthcare providers to help bridge gaps in healthcare connectivity.

What makes RISE Care Management unique?

  • RISE Care Management aims to try and connect disadvantaged immigrant and refugee communities with as many services as possible by partnering them with a Care Manager that can speak their language.

  • The Care Managers that RISE employs are respected community members that can communicate and navigate the complex cultural/social and language spheres of our clients.

  • Currently, our Care Managers speak a combined total of 10 unique languages and dialects, not including English. 

  • Our overall goal is to make healthcare more accessible to disadvantaged communities through the efforts of our Care Managers to build a partnership of trust with our clients.

  • RISE Care Managers are able to work with the diverse web of programs that RISE offers to connect clients to Bridging Case Managers, Employment Assistance, Education Coordinators and IDA Program assistance. Ideally, our clients as well as their family members will be able to receive support in many different areas of their lives apart from just healthcare connectivity.

Who we partner with?

  • We collaborate with our lead Health Home provider, St Joseph’s Hospital through St. Joe’s Care Coordination Network.

  • We also collaborate with managed care organizations (MCO) like Molina, Fidelis, and United Healthcare.

Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible for health home services, an individual must be enrolled in Medicaid.

  • An individual must have two or more chronic conditions or one single qualifying chronic condition. 

  • Two or more chronic conditions may include asthma, diabetes, mental health condition, heart disease, substance abuse disorders, obesity, etc., 

  • Single qualifying chronic conditions according to New York State are HIV, and Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

  • Individuals must also have significant social risk factors, including inadequate housing, lack of access to transportation or food, non-adherence to treatments and medications, high ER usage, lack of healthcare connectivity, a recent release from incarceration, and lack of social/family support. 

Get in Touch

Find out more by contacting us at (315) 214-4480