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Programs

RISE provides a variety of programs that offer crisis support, shelter, counseling, prevention education, and volunteer services all with the same goal in mind: To help survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or intimate partner violence and their loved ones.

CRISIS SERVICES

24-Hour Crisis Line

Trained advocates provide confidential crisis intervention, support, and referrals to survivors of sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence. Services are also available to family and loved ones of survivors.

Crisis Support

Confidential advocates provide in-person crisis support, referrals and education to survivors and their loved ones.

Accompaniment & Advocacy

Trained advocates accompany survivors at medical facilities, court, during SART exams and law enforcement interviews. Advocates also act as liaisons with other agencies on behalf of survivors.

Legal Support

Legal advocates support survivors seeking protection through Temporary Restraining Orders. Referrals for child custody, immigration, and housing issues are also available.

SHELTER SERVICES

Emergency Shelter

Safe houses in Atascadero & Paso Robles host survivors in a stable, confidential location. Residents of the shelters and their children receive empowerment-focused advocacy, case management and therapy.

Case Management

Case Managers assist clients in developing goals toward self-sufficiency and connecting them with community resources. Case management focuses on issues such as housing, employment, transportation, and childcare.

COUNSELING PROGRAM

Individual & Group Counseling

Licensed therapists and supervised interns and trainees provide individual and group counseling to those affected by sexual abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.

PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM

Prevention Education

The Prevention Education Department focuses on primary prevention, which aims to prevents sexual and intimate partner violence before it even happens through shifting cultural norms. Our prevention coordinators teach middle and high schoolers across the county about healthy relationships, consent, being an upstander, leadership, and media literacy. The prevention team is currently running a community mobilization program called Close to Home which partners with local community members to make the City of San Luis Obispo a happier, safer, and more inclusive place through the fostering of strong community connections.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Volunteers

RISE offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers with RISE staff the 24-hour crisis line, provide support and child care in the emergency shelter, assist in the office, staff outreach booths, help with events and more. All RISE volunteers are thoroughly screened and must go through a 65 hour training to become a state certified sexual assault and domestic violence crisis counselor.

Internship Opportunities

RISE has a number of internship opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students as well as interested community members. If interested in becoming a RISE intern, please contact our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@riseslo.org.

RISE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. All services are provided confidentially, at low or no cost, to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ability. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English.