Want to Change Lives?

When you come to Rising Ground, you join a powerful culture of giving and caring. We meet individuals and families on their own terms and work with them to rise to their own successes. Each employee is here to make a difference as part of the whole. Come join us!

Ten Great Reasons to Work at Rising Ground

Employee Rewards & Perks

We believe in showing our deeply felt appreciation of our employees by recognizing outstanding performance and by personally recognizing each employee every year.

Annual Service Awards

Honoring employees for service at Rising Ground of 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, and more.

Employee Recognition Month

Every March, we celebrate our employees.

Education Incentive

When you earn a new license or a degree, you are rewarded with a salary increase.


Each year, we help you celebrate your birthday with a $25 gift card.

Annual Fun Day

Each spring, employees and their families are invited to a day of food and entertainment.

Support Professionals Day

We celebrate each other on this national recognition day.

Our Team Members Say It Best

Employee Awards Ceremony

Each spring, we recognize excellence in performance by individuals nominated by their peers for the following awards:

  • Two Employees of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Annual Core Values Award Winners
  • Excellence in Innovation Award Winner
2022 Employee Excellence Award Winners
  • Gerald Best, Youth Care Counselor, Residential Treatment Center – Employee Excellence Award for Accountability
  • Rhonda Drakes, Office Manager, Intimate Partner and Gender-Based Violence Services – Employee Excellence Award for Connection
  • Marlene Cancel, Housing and Community Resource Specialist, Family Foster Care – Employee Excellence Award for Tenacity
  • Lissa Carabajo, Clinician, Passage of Hope Unaccompanied Migrant Child Services (POH) – Employee Excellence Award for Service
  • Debra Buny, Clinician, & Caitlin Scott, Speech Language Pathologist, Biondi School – Employee Excellence Award for Innovation
  • Lilly Prasad, Manager, Payroll – Employee Award for Managerial Excellence
2022 Employees of the Year Awards

The following individuals were selected to receive the two Employees of the Year Awards, having been selected from our Employees of the Month:

  • Erika Concepcion, Assistant Manager, Pre-vocational Employment, IDD – Employee of the Year
  • Martin Farrell, Youth Care Counselor, Bensonhurst Limited Secure Placement (LSP) – Employee of the Year

Employees of the Year are selected from Employees of the Month. Other Employees of the Month in 2021-2022 included: Mirian Gonzalez, Carol Wiggins, Iliana Tejeda, Shawn McKelvey, Maya Marshall, Jacquetta Caines, Heidi Pena, Sasha Saldana, Kim Neblett, Cheyann Degree, Antoinette Rivera, Henry Kalechman

Employee Satisfaction Survey

In recognition of the importance of employee satisfaction to a job well done, we solicit feedback from each individual every year and then use the results to continually improve our practices and policies.

Rising Ground is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is our policy to provide equal opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, alienage, marital status, partnership status, familial status, military or veteran status, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, conviction status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.