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.
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.
Confidential advocates provide in-person crisis support, referrals and education to survivors and their loved ones.
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 advocates support survivors seeking protection through Temporary Restraining Orders. Referrals for child custody, immigration, and housing issues are also available.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.