Summer 2023: Camp Joy!

Summer 2023: Camp Joy! Rise Up held its annual summer camp and this year it was called Camp Joy! This camp was meant to lead Rise Up youth back to true JOY in Christ. They enjoyed super fun activities such as exploring local lakes, visiting the trampoline park, water days, STEM projects and group devotionals. […]

Giving Away Pies

“Giving Away Pies” By Garman and Gwen Owah Giving away pumpkin pies was a milestone, because there was time and dedication put into making them.  There was hustle and hard work.  In baking the pumpkin pies, there were precise measurements. We gave back to the community and to the places that helped SKIA become what […]

The Pumpkin Pie Fiasco

“The Pumpkin Pie Fiasco” by Micah Morefield It was a light and sunny morning. Sabra, Damon, Junior, Will, Ms. Jas and I were passing out pies. It was Will’s turn to pass out pies. We walked into a bank with 5 pies. Will walked up to accountant and ask if they wanted pies. When Will […]

It’s Pie O’clock Somewhere!

“It’s Pie O’clock Somewhere!” By Damon Scism Passing out pies every year has become a fun tradition for all of us at Rise Up. Personally, I love it—I get to hang out with my friends. And I get to meet new people and get to pray for them, or even just make their day. Me, […]


WHY I DO WHAT I DO I do what I do for multiple reasons; Mainly though, because it was done for me! I often say that I was the first youth in Rise Up! There is a sense of satisfaction in helping others and providing opportunities for others to invest in the lives of others. […]


REFUGE ROUND-UP! It was a great evening for all – our 17th Annual Fall Festival and 3rd Annual Raffle. It was a delight to see kids ride on the hayride, to pet animals, jump in the bouncy house and lots of great food. This is one of our few times where we have all of […]


2021 REFUGE ROUND UP AND RAFFLE, OCT 5TH Rise Up For Kids’ 14th annual fund (and fun!) raiser is the Refuge Round Up and Raffle which will take place on October 5. This is a fall festival for all of our youth, their families, our staff, and our volunteers. Tickets may be purchased at, […]


REFUGE ROUND-UP! These are some of our graduates this year (excluding Michael Moody, Julian Story, Jacob Meeks and Edward Buckman). It has been a privilege to watch most of them grow up from kindergartners and 1st graders to young men and women. Most of them are registered to attend various colleges this fall. It was […]

Santa’s Visit From the Sky!

Santa’s Visit From the Sky! Santa came and visited on Tuesday in his very own helicopter! He not only brought joy to our kiddos but also gifted each one a $100 gift card. Another Christmas season our kids will never forget CATEGORIES BLOG NEWS & EVENTS SUCCESS STORIES RECENT POSTS Presents From Santa! Refuge Round-Up! […]


PRESENTS FROM SANTA! This Christmas we got a very special visitor here at Rise Up – Santa himself! He made a grand entrance in a helicopter to the delight of our Rise Up kids, and he didn’t come empty handed either; each of our kids got $100 from the jolly man! CATEGORIES BLOG NEWS & […]