Music Man John Thorp offers great tunes for fun times
By Caitlin Maly, Rise intern
With a passion for both spending time with people who have disabilities and playing music, Rise volunteer and former van driver, John Thorp thoroughly enjoys hosting dancing and social events throughout the Twin Cities area.
He describes himself as “a big volunteer guy!” and has
Volunteer Haley Bremer offers yoga classes
With New Age music playing softly in the background, “yogis” Rachel (shown here) and Andrea joined Volunteer Haley Bremer for an hourlong yoga class. Using a soothing voice, Haley led the two women through stretches and poses specifically adapted to meet their individual needs and physical capabilities.
Bev Wolters thrives on the variety of volunteering projects
“I think variety is the spice of life for volunteering,” said Bev Wolters. “I really enjoy doing so many different kinds of things with different people and at different locations.”
Bev discovered a list of volunteer opportunities with Rise online in October 2016 and met with Volunteer Coordinator Zoe Leonard-Monrad
Volunteer Kay Rosenthal assists people explore their creative sides
It all started with a “guest” presentation that she made with her friend and veteran Rise volunteer, Mary Jellison, to a group served in Rise’s Adult Day Program (ADP) back in April 2017. Kay Rosenthal demonstrated spinning natural fibers on her spinning wheel and they were an enthusiastic audience. Just
Volunteer Mike Brisky carries on his father’s legacy in service
From the sound of the cheers when he walked in the door at Rise’s Adult Day Program at the Emma B. Howe Northtown YMCA in Coon Rapids, you’d think a rock star had just arrived. Well, you’d be close – it’s Volunteer Mike Brisky who has come to spend time
Volunteer Lauren Kozlak helps people ‘dress for success’
With a keen eye for fashion, Lauren Kozlak enjoys helping others dress comfortably and look good. She volunteers one morning a week at Rise, primarily working in Michael’s Closet as well as helping out with other special projects when needed.
“I like meeting with people one-on-one to find out a
Volunteer Liam Moran lends his expertise to assist people better understand critical financial issues
On just their third meeting with volunteer Liam Moran, the trio was on a mission in a local Target store to learn more about making good purchasing decisions within their budgets. You could call this session, Real Life Spending 101. As they moved through
Volunteers Marcia Bell and Amber are day-brighteners for people Rise serves
When Marcia Bell snaps on the special blue leash around Amber’s neck, the energetic, playful English shepherd quickly transitions into her calmer, mellower personality. Amber knows it’s time to “go to work” as a therapy dog.
For the past eight months, Marcia and Amber have gone to Rise’s Data Ability
Volunteer Katie Dennis enjoys helping people with fun, creative art projects
Every other Monday at Rise’s Creative Partnerships South facility in Bloomington is extra special for the men and women who participate in Art Speaks because Volunteer Katie Dennis is on hand to assist them with their work.
Katie is a senior financial analyst for Allianz Life in Golden Valley, responsible
Volunteer Jenny Poyorena finds many different ways to support Rise
Jenny Poyorena is an enthusiastic volunteer who is generous with her time and talents, Over the past few years, she has supported Rise in several different ways.
Jenny is the controller for American Converters, Inc. (Amcon) in Fridley which produces custom foam fabricating products for customers nationwide. People from Rise are well-integrated into Amcon’s