RISE helps people living in poverty

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - December 29:

RISE stands for Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality.

The organization has been helping people living in poverty since 2012, providing emergency shelter and meals to families in need. The goal is to offer solutions to people who have fallen through the cracks -- and get them on the track to a more stable life.

RISE President Benjamin Castro says, "The biggest thing is housing. If people are constantly worrying about what they're going to eat, where they're going to sleep, if they're stuck in the tyranny of the moment. They can't develop a long-term plan. So we start there with providing that security and then we can start to build that team and start to plan for the future."

Through its housing voucher program, people are given temporary housing, and once they secure employment, they assume the rental payments themselves.

Since August, RISE has sponsored four families and seven individuals through the program.

The best way to help the non-profit? Donate your time. The website also has a list of items needed throughout the year.

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