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Hutton Honors College

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The RISE!

The Rise! is a housing project operated by Middleway House that serves women and children who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness, and poverty. As a two year transitional housing project The Rise! adds to the Shelter and Crisis Intervention services Middleway provides for Monroe and surrounding counties.

The Rise needs female and male students to mentor the children in their program. Each mentor is paired with a child between the ages of 5 and 17 years old and is expected to commit to one year. Each mentor should spend an average of 3 hours a week with his or her student (not counting winter, spring, or summer breaks). These three hours can be done any time that the child is not in school, including the weekend.

A great way to find out more about the mentor program or other opportunities with The Rise is to attend a training orientation. These are held on several Saturday's during each semester from 9:00-5:00. You MUST attend this orientation in order to work with MiddleWay House or The Rise.

For information about the next training/orientation, contact the Volunteer Coordinator by phone (812) 333-7404.

This training day will provide you with a great overview not only of the mission of MiddleWay House but also of all the different complimentary ways in which that mission is executed. The orientation is held at the First United Methodist Church, located at 219 E. 4th St. between Washington and Lincoln, just one block east of Walnut. It faces the main Post Office across 4th St. and is right across Washington from the main Bloomington Transit bus station.

In addition to the orientation, prospective mentors must complete an interview with Monte Simonton, the Director of After School Programs at The Rise, and the mother of the child to be mentored. Students must also have a thorough background check and 3 references from people not related to the student. Students concerned about legal aspects can be assured that numerous precautions are taken to protect both child and mentor and to help prevent good intentions from "backfiring".

Mentoring a child is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in a child's life. If you are interested in or would like more information about becoming a mentor or any of the other numerous volunteer opportunities, please email the CSP Interns


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