Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE) was founded in 2007 to assist refugees fleeing from the Congo. The initial goal was to help these refugees find housing, jobs, and resources and to advance their education. An after-school program was established for children; then came English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults.

Volunteers played a key role in the early success of RISSE. An early partnership with The College of Saint Rose and its art education, counseling, literacy, and community service programs provided expertise and volunteers that supported the growth of RISSE services.

Temple Israel is partnering with Congregation Ohav Shalom and other community organizations to RISSE Together and help build a playground! The RISSE Together Playground Project began with a seed grant from KaBOOM! and a desire to provide a safe place for children to play in Pine Hills.

We are hoping to gather a contingent of members from TI and Ohav to participate in building the playground on June 23, 2019. There are many ways to take part in the effort, from building the actual structures to supervising children’s activities, serving food, and helping with site preparation and cleanup.

Pre-register below by April 30 to be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 Price Chopper gift card.