In the colonia communities ARISE carries out a number of programs which support children for educational success, families for strength from within, persons of all ages with cultural transitions and a sense of responsibility to make their community a better place.  To guide it in realizing its vision through its programs and activities ARISE pays close attention to its six guiding principles.

  1. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because God has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.  God has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed and to announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.”  Luke 4:18)  (This spiritually strengthened the women for mission.)
  2. ARISE does not do for the people what the people can do for themselves.  (This calls staff to empower the people)
  3. Look around you, assess what’s going on, make a response, evaluate and celebrate. (This cycle keeps staff attentive, creative and flexible according to needs of the people and their own giftedness, and always in a learning stance).
  4. Home visits and personal contact are the ordinary ways for ARISE to communicate with the people.  (This keeps ARISE staff out among the people, in the streets of the neighborhood).
  5. ARISE is not here to create a perfect system.  ARISE is here to serve the people.  (This helps the staff to put more emphasis on what is comfortable to the people than on orderliness and sophisticated system building that is outside of their capacity thus rendering them dependent).
  6. Our hospitality should be cordial.  Cordial means something which refreshes, animates and invigorates.  (This calls the staff to receive everyone with honor and dignity, including one another.)