Posts By: Rise

Loren Horton, Parent Peer Trainer

Loren Horton is a Parent Peer Trainer. The mother of 3 amazing children, one boy and two girls, she was born and raised on the Lower East Side. She’s overcome life obstacles and has a desire to bring love to the community. Loren loves helping people and is known for having a big heart. Her passion in this work is to support other parents, create networks of joy, and care for families to ensure their … Read More

Urgent: Justice for Black Families, A Call to Action

A seperated family in need needs our help.

Support Bianca Clayborne and Deonte Williams in their efforts to reunite their family of seven after the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services unjustly and forcefully separated them from their children after a racially-motivated traffic stop. 

“It is an unacceptable abuse of power for state officials to rip five children away from their parents over a misdemeanor possession charge when DCS cannot even take care of the kids they … Read More

Check This Out: “Still, we rise: Lessons learned from lived experiences in the family policing system”

In this special issue article, the voices of mothers affected by the child welfare system are at the forefront. A group of five women, including our own, Jeanette Vega and other Rise staff and parents, discuss their experiences with the child welfare system, highlighting and illustrating the many systemic injustices. It is their hope that sharing personal stories inspires and helps others across the country. The article also focuses on the development of Rise as … Read More

Cassandra Gonzalez, Program Support Manager

Cassandra Gonzalez is the proud mother of an amazing 2 year old boy. She is a parent impacted by the child welfare system. She came to Rise in 2022 and joined the Rise and Shine Parent Leadership program and then started as a Parent Contributor bringing her perspectives and experiences to different conversations. Cassandra is currently Rise’s Program Support Manager and her role is to continue to elevate other parents’ voices in these tables … Read More

Mary Holiman, Communications & Organizing Director

Mary Holiman has years of experience volunteering with and working for organizations centered around bettering families and their communities through providing support, after-school programs, positive discipline training, and other resources, with her most recent experience focused on providing violence and substance misuse prevention education and trauma support to K-12 school-aged youth. 

As the new Organizing and Communications Director at Rise, she is excited to use her background in criminology & psychology, her passion for media, and … Read More