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Rising Hope, Inc. Mission Statement
Rising Hope, Inc., provides educational programs for men in prison in order
to awaken them to their innate potential to learn and grow intellectually,
psychologically, spiritually, morally, socially, and vocationally, and to equip
them to work effectively for the benefit of themselves, their families and
others wherever their lives may take them.
Principles of Implementation
In pursuit of this mission:
- We will, because our programs have been developed and succeeded with a focus
on Christian theology, retain that general focus. Nonetheless, we treat this
subject matter academically, without proselytizing, with respect for other
religions, and inviting each person to assess the material in light of his or
her own perspective and faith orientation.
- We welcome, without regard to religious affiliation or belief, the
participation at all levels-as students, teachers, volunteers, board members,
etc.-of all who join our effort.
- We seek to apply principles of faith to our endeavor, asking and trusting in
God, each according to our own faith for inspiration, guidance, and providence.
- We are committed to integrity, openness, honesty, and sincerity in all our
- We choose to remain an all-volunteer organization in order to focus our
energy on running our program rather than fundraising, and to maximize our
cost-effectiveness. We thus avoid the expenses and fundraising burden that
having paid employees requires.
Rising Hope, Inc. admits students of all races, colors, national and ethnic
origins, religions, ages, genders, and sexual orientation to all the rights,
privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded and made available to
students of the program. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation in the
administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, acceptance of
volunteers or any other administered programs.
Participating in the CMHS program has been an enlightening experience that
I do not think I would have found anywhere else. It was a gift of sight, for
metaphorically I was living in the land of the blind. It caused me to look
inside of myself and examine my own sense of forgiveness, culpability and
accountability for my actions past and present. This process of selfexamination
caused me to change my outlook of what is possible. Since graduating from the
CMHS program, I have become a positive part of the fabric of my community here
at Sing Sing. I look forward to becoming a productive member of my family,
community and society.