RENO INITIATIVE FOR SHELTER AND EQUALITY

You don’t need a lot of money, resources, or influence to change the world for the better.

aka RISE   |   Reno, NV   |  http://www.renoinitiative.org

Mission

Our initiative is to cultivate a greater sense of dignity and humility by providing equal access to shelter, knowledge, and opportunity. We seek to create a stronger community through the use of shared resources and mutual aid.

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RISE and Dine: People Feeding People
RISE and Dine is a hands-on giving project that mirrors the true spirit of Reno. Three Saturdays a month, our team invites volunteers throughout the community to cook their favorite recipes, and together we serve dinner and distribute clothing to hundreds of locals without a home. With the help of our supporters, RISE feeds thousands of Reno's most poverty-stricken throughout the year. Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

The RISE and Dine project is a truly special do-it-yourself experience that allows you to connect with people and families in need. By volunteering or donating, YOU are bringing warmth and comfort to the men, women, and children who go to bed hungry in Reno.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Benjamin Castro

Main address

P.O. Box 5254

Reno, NV 89513 USA

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EIN

45-5617917

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RISE and Dine

SUMMARY
Our team invites volunteers throughout the community to cook their favorite recipes, and together we serve dinner and distribute clothing to hundreds of locals without a home. With the help of our supporters, RISE feeds thousands of Reno’s most poverty-stricken throughout the year. By fostering a raw, participatory environment, RISE and Dine allows volunteers and donors to connect with people and families in need.

DETAILS
All but the second Saturday each month, RISE hosts an event called "RISE and Dine” which includes preparing a meal, made from donations received from private donors throughout the previous week, and delivering it to approximately 250-500 homeless and/or hungry men, women, and children in the Reno/Sparks area without charge. The meal is prepared potluck style, with different volunteers preparing different parts of the meal and then transported to those without residences. With permission from the City of Reno, we serve the meal on 4th Street. RISE provides the plates, cups, forks, napkins, beverages, and other supplies for each meal. We also organize other volunteers in providing side dish items along with other takeaway food items that can be stored for later consumption.

The officers and volunteers of RISE, along with the shared resources of other charitable nonprofit corporations, are the primary contributors of "RISE and Dine”.

Population(s) Served

In addition to preparing meals, RISE officers and volunteers run a "Free Market” which is stocked by private donations. It is performed in tandem with "RISE and Dine” on Saturdays and throughout the community. Stock varies based on the donations received each week, but tend to include shirts, pants, coats, shoes, socks, sweaters, blankets, toiletries, winter survival gear, and backpacks.

The officers and volunteers of RISE, along with the shared resources of other charitable nonprofit corporations, are the primary contributors of "Free Market”.

Population(s) Served

RISE provides rental vouchers and helps build peoples' resource circles so that they can thrive in stable housing with the long-term goal to own a property and expand the program. Living Room has expensed about $20,000 per year in emergency housing aid for those who do not qualify for other local services. Three volunteer case managers work with each recipient to help them work towards there goals and active participants are expected to spend 20 hours per week working toward improving their situation.

Population(s) Served

Our Place is a small campus of buildings leased by Washoe County and located on Glendale Ave. at 21st Street in Sparks. There are 28 rooms for families, a home for 100 women, and a place for temporarily displaced seniors. The facility is newly remodeled to provide an appealing place for temporary residents. RISE advocates operate these homes 24/7 and accept donations for miscellaneous items to support the residents as they work toward their goals. Our county contract pays staff so that 100% of donations can be used for direct aid to the less fortunate in our community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, Vote on spending,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We increased staffing to provide 24/7 support for guests who stay with us.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Our volunteers and staff work hard to listen and we are always learning.,

Financials

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RENO INITIATIVE FOR SHELTER AND EQUALITY

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jay Kolbet-Clausell

Arthur Gies

Shalise Ptak

Jay Kolbet-Clausell

Catherine MacIntosh

Dean Austin

Mary Gilbert

Robbin Palmer

Rosanne Wilson

Sandra Patino

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No