ARISE believes that children need to be exposed to different opportunities at an early age. Over the years, ARISE has been able to offer various classes to children that focuses on improving their self-esteem and self-knowledge. Through creative activities children can better understand their emotions and how to deal with them. Child development in rural areas is crucial for community development. ARISE women employ a safe space that challenges children in education, facilitates play and helps develop social skills.


If you ask either staff members or community volunteers what first attracted them to ARISE, the majority will say it was the programs. It's through these classes that residents learned how to drive, women learned to make crafts and sell them as a source of income, men and women studied to take the citizenship exam, and community members learn to live healthier lives. This participation helps women begin to better know their neighbors and themselves. Every year we evaluate our programs to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our communities. Our current classes include: health support group, relaxation, English as a second language, citizenship, and alternative medicine. ARISE South Tower also founded the first community PTA in the nation. South Tower PTA Comunitario has been going strong for 5 years, and has helped start other PTAs in the area.


Our founder, Sr. Gerrie, ensured that retreats and regular meetings provided a place for spiritual formation and leadership training. Although most ARISE staff attend one two-­hour session per month of spiritual development, we do not directly bring up spiritual matters with our neighbors in the colonias unless they first express an interest in such a discussion.