We built a playground!

Rise Above Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) have partnered to build a playground that will strengthen family connections and promote healthy play. The Mercedes Ramirez-Newkirk Memorial Playground is located at DCF’s Worcester West Area Office and will provide a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate space for families who are involved with DCF to have visits …

Fall College Care Packages

In November, 200+ College Care Packages will be packed up and shipped out to college students who grew up in foster care. Each care package will be filled to the brim with study snacks, hygiene and school supplies, and gift cards. Want to help?  Now through October 31st we’re accepting donations of snacks, gift cards and other dorm goodies to …

Introducing: Our Values

We’re proud to unveil our organization’s values! We’ve put into words the philosophy that guides our programming, interactions and decision making inside and outside the organization:  

Shopping Spree Drawing for Youth

Each month in 2021, Rise Above is giving a teen or young adult in foster care a shopping spree! We’ll pick one youth at random to win a gift card(s) worth $500 for apparel! The drawing is open to any teen, age 14 to 18, who is currently in foster care in Massachusetts, and any young adult 18-23 still involved with Massachusetts …

College Care Packages Spring 2021

UPDATE: Because of COVID-19, our College Care Packages looked a little different this year. We sent out more than 200 gift card college care packages instead of our traditional snacks and hygiene packages: Do you know or work with a young adult who spent time in foster care in Massachusetts, is continuing their education in any way beyond high school and …

Virtual Candy Making Class

We delivered chocolate, ingredients, aprons and kitchen tools to 100 youth experiencing foster care. Youth also received on-demand instructional videos made just for them by Chef Josh Engel, guiding them in making three delicious types of chocolates. “We are loving this! Just made the strawberry cheesecake bark, we can hardly wait until it is done chilling,” a foster parent told …

Wear your support on your sleeve

Show your support of Rise Above and the youth we serve with new Rise Above-branded items! We’re offering sweatshirts, t-shirts and yoga mats for a limited time. Pre-sale orders close on 11/30 and will ship mid-December. Shop our store!

Bikes for Elijah and Devon

Elijah, age 12, and his brother Devon, age 16, assemble their new bikes. “I found out after we assembled them that Elijah had never learned how to ride! So, that afternoon we went down to a local office parking lot to work on it, and, within an hour, he was riding on his own. Since then he’s gotten even more …

“Football helps me do better on school work”

“Thank you Rise Above for helping me buy football stuff,” Jandel wrote to us. “I played football many years before being in foster care and I am happy I can still play. I like to play defense but this year I play both offense and defense.” Jandel added, “Playing football helps me do better on school work.”

Snow Day Kit

This winter, Rise Above gave snow day kits to 200 foster families! Each box included snowball makers, a snowman making kit and snow paint, as well as hot cocoa, a storybook, games and window crayons.                                                   …