ARISE Muñiz was founded in 1995 by a group of four women who were part of the early years of the ARISE Las Milpas Program. By that year the ARISE Las Milpas staff felt that it was so blessed by what it had found with ARISE that they should try to bring this same blessing to families of some other communities. A Habitat for Humanity project was already working in the Muñiz colonia community. The leaders there already knew of ARISE and wanted to bring it to Muñiz as a compliment to their home building effort there. The money just was not there for ARISE to expand to another community. Soon that situation was remedied when the Daughters of Charity, through the initiative of Sister Marcella, provided a grant to ARISE to bring the ARISE Las Milpas model to another community. Muñiz had already invited ARISE to its community. Now ARISE could respond. The ARISE Las Milpas staff released all the single women on their staff to go and establish another ARISE in Muñiz.