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Rising Ground continues to operate during this uncertain time.
With 55 life-affirming programs operating out of more than 50 locations across the New York City area, Rising Ground supports children, adults, and families that face adversity in their lives. The Covid-19 pandemic and efforts to curb its impact add additional stress to all our lives. We are supporting our communities as we manage through this health crisis together. Rising Ground is continuing to provide supports as best we can – offering a safety net to thousands in these trying times. While practicing appropriate safety precautions, we are operating most of our various programs and services in modified form.
To those we support and those seeking services
As noted above, most Rising Ground programs and services are continuing to operate with measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and those we support. We are closely following guidelines set out by the CDC, the Health Department, and the various government entities that regulate our work. If you need assistance, you can reach us by visiting RisingGround.org/Contact-Us to contact a specific program. Our Central Access and Referral Department at AccessAndReferral@RisingGround.org or 914-343-6983 can also guide you to our services or the services provided by other organizations.
Our child welfare services
Our Family Foster Care, Family Stabilization, and Family Respite programs continue to ensure that children are safe and that families remain intact. We encourage you to contact your case planner with any issues that arise or to coordinate services and visits.
With the exception of group programming, our anti-intimate partner violence services, STEPS to End Family Violence, are available if you need help. You can reach us at 877-STEPS-94 or STEPSHelpline@RisingGround.org. The STEPS Helpline is answered from 9am – 5pm. If a survivor is in need of immediate assistance, please contact New York City’s 24 hour domestic violence hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE or NYC Well at 1-888-NYC-WELL.
Community programs for adults and children with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities – including day habilitation, children’s recreation programs, and vocational and employment programming – have been suspended for the time being.
Our Health Home Children’s Care Management program remains operational, and all coordination should continue with your care manager.
Aftercare and community-based services for our Justice for Youth and Families programs, including My Next Move Credible Messengers mentoring, are operational. Group-based mentoring activities are suspended and are being replaced with one-to-one visits.
Our education and early childhood services
Biondi Elementary, Middle and High Schools, as well as the Brownell Preschool, Children’s Learning Center, and Seabury Early Learn Day Care, are closed. When New York City Public Schools open, these center-based services will as well. The Ames Early Childhood Center will open when Yonkers Public schools open. Instructional learning packets for students and parents have been mailed to families. Students and/or parents will receive daily calls from their child’s teaching team to support on-going learning while the schools are closed. Please direct any questions to your child’s school Principal.
Programs based in NYC public schools are suspended while NYC public schools remain closed. However, staff remain reachable to provide support during this time. For our Community Schools, you can contact Anne Rueth at ARueth@RisingGround.org for IS 217 and Leah Lescouflair at LLescouflair@risingground.org for JHS 123. Our Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) and EarlyRAPP have suspended all school-based programming. For young people already connected to a RAPP Coordinator, you can contact the STEPS Helpline at 877-STEPS-94 or STEPSHelpline@RisingGround.org to be re-connected.
Our residential services
All residential programs – our Residential Treatment Center, Transitional Independent Living residences for runaway and homeless youth, residential services for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, Mother & Child program, Limited and non-secure placement programs for court-involved youth, and Passage of Hope unaccompanied migrant child program – will continue to support youth and adults uninterrupted. We have implemented additional measures in all programs to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. Family members should contact programs directly with any questions or concerns.
To our donors and community partners
All volunteer activities have been suspended until further notice. As always, Rising Ground relies on the generosity of donors and friends to make our work helping children, adults, and families overcome adversity possible. This is particularly true during this time when needs are most significant and funding is uncertain. If you would like to donate to Rising Ground, please visit RisingGround.org/Donate or contact H. Aldervan Daly, EVP of Institutional Advancement at ADaly@RisingGround.org.