Rise is the primary non-profit social service organization in eastern Mercer County, NJ. We provide referral and support services to families and individuals in need. We offer a wide range of programs that help struggling members of our local community build independence and achieve their full potential. Located in downtown Hightstown, we are one of four neighborhood centers strategically located throughout the county under Mercer County’s Community Action Program.
Through community partnerships and direct services, we assist local families and individuals in recovering from setbacks and achieving their full potential. We strive to be the center of social support services in the Hightstown/East Windsor area, building a cohesive environment where families thrive and feel optimistic about their future.
In 1967, a small group of community stakeholders founded our organization as Community Action Service Center, Inc. (CASC). We were established to fight the war on poverty, as one of four neighborhood centers strategically located throughout Mercer County, under the county’s Community Action Partnership. In 1982 we became a private, non-profit agency.
In 2006, we opened the Greater Goods Thift Store as a social enterprise that would both serve our community and increase our financial independence.
In 2008, after 40 years of service, we changed our name from CASC to Rise| A Community Service Partnership. This change better reflects our role as a service hub in our local community, as well as to convey the hope and optimism we see reflected in our clients.