RISE program aims to help people realize economic gain


Back-to-school may not be just for kids. The upcoming school year may also have people looking to improve earning opportunities, find employment or get a better job. Individuals may decide it is time to make a change. Greater East Texas Community Action Program promotes a special program targeting people who are serious about finding a job, getting a better job or receiving training.

The RISE program stands for Reaching Independence through Supportive Elevation. The purpose is to help people move toward greater economic independence. According to program director Teresa Land, “the economy is changing. Rural East Texas has special challenges and we want to help people make the most of available opportunities. RISE offers a specialized approach for everyone.”

Special support may be available for intense job search and short-term training programs leading to a job. The program focuses on assistance to attend training or do job search and may include gasoline assistance, utility assistance and other documented needs. According to local case manager Shelia Dutton, “Coordination with other agencies and organizations is a cornerstone of the program. Many have gone through this program and significantly improved their earning ability.”

Individuals are required to qualify by household income and other documentation. The income guideline is 125% of federal poverty. Those seeking training should take action quickly as possible.

For more information contact Candice at 800-621-5746 or 936-585-7220.