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Prevention & Education


Close to Home is a community organizing program with the goal of making the City of San Luis Obispo a happier, healthier, and safer place to live. Our community action teams are made up of local community members working together to create real, sustainable change in San Luis Obispo. Our teams are always looking for more volunteers at any commitment level. For more information, visit the Close to Home website.

Utilizing support and resources from California Department of Public Health and California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Close to Home is a primary prevention program built on evidence-based health models that addresses sexual and intimate partner violence in communities. Close to Home uses community mobilization in conjunction with primary prevention strategies in a four-phase program cycle to bring communities tangible solutions to violence.

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RISE provides community/school-based education and training about sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and related topics.


Presentation materials are developed in an age-appropriate manner and can be tailored to the needs of the school or organization. Presentations are currently free of cost and scheduled based on availability. Donations are much appreciated, but not required.

For more information on education services or to request a presentation, please email the Prevention Education Department or call the office at 805-226-5400.


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Every summer since 2015 RISE has sponsored 12 local children, ages 7-11, to attend Camp HOPE America at Lopez Lake in Arroyo Grande. Camp HOPE America, a program of Alliance for HOPE International, exists to instill hope in and change the destinies of children who have been exposed to domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Campers participate in numerous activities including, zip lining, ropes courses, water tubing, arts and crafts, swimming and fishing. Campers learn to find hope in the face of adversity and are reminded daily that they are safe, seen, encouraged, and loved.

For more information on Camp Hope America - California, SLO County, visit our Camp Hope Facebook page.

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, ability or citizenship status. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English.