The Augusta Free Press reports that the “The highlight of the breakfast event included an announcement of Islamic Relief USA’s (IRUSA) support of the RYSE initiative with a $40,000 grant. IRUSA, an organization based in Northern Virginia, operates under a mission to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals and give them a voice in the world. United Way president and CEO, Afira DeVries stated, “As early adopters in support of the RYSE initiative, Islamic Relief USA is a beautiful example of faith-based leadership and investment in community work. IRUSA’s commitment to fight for our friends and neighbors in poverty is a perfect match to United Way’s vision for the Roanoke Valley.”

The RYSE program has also benefitted from support from many local organizations including WSLS 10, Green Memorial United Methodist Church, Allstate, Appalachian Power, Carilion Clinic, and other community leaders. The program partners with the City of Roanoke, Roanoke City Public Schools, ARCH Services, Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, The Salvation Army, Council of Community Services’ Community Housing Resource Center, Blue Ridge Continuum of Care, Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness (BRICH) and other community nonprofits.”

 

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