RISE2 is an innovative program which provides safe and dignified accommodation for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence. The RISE2 homes are located within local communities, which provides a sense of normality and belonging. We currently have 10 houses within the Sunshine Coast community for the program. Each family is provided with trauma informed Case Management by The Salvation Army for the duration of their stay, with a focus on both safety and recovery from domestic and family violence.
RISE started as a concept and fundraising initiative from women in the Zonta Club of Caloundra in 2011. The intention was to provide more accommodation, support and a pathway to a new life for women and children affected by domestic and family across the Sunshine Coast region.
RISE program started to take shape
In 2014, a local philanthropist gifted the Zonta Club with a parcel of land. The Zonta Club engaged Coast2Bay Housing Group and The Salvation Army to help deliver their vision and the RISE program started to take shape.
Two RISE homes opened
In 2017, after intensive local fundraising to meet construction costs, the first two RISE homes opened.
An opportunity for funding
In 2021, Coast2Bay Housing were successful in securing a $3.2 million Commonwealth ‘Safe Places’ capital grant to scale up the program. The Rise Foundation was established, and an Advisory Group was appointed to oversee its activity. With continued fundraising, the grant enabled RISE2 to build eight more homes on the Sunshine Coast.
It’s important that the homes look and feel like an ordinary house within a community. Frequently, when families escape from domestic and family violence, they will leave their homes with little or no belongings. Our team ensures these families are welcomed into a safe and dignified home; with everything they need. We provide essential items such as furniture, bedding, clothing, children’s toys and more to make this transition as easy as possible.
How the program works
Referrals for RISE2 come from a variety of sources such as other domestic and family violence services, community agencies and self-referrals.
A referral is received by The Salvation Army’s Family Violence Service who work with the family to assess risk, safety and recovery needs. Coast2Bay Housing meet with the family around any tenancy support needs.
The family are welcomed into their fully furnished RISE2 home by both Coast2Bay Housing and The Salvation Army. The family receives safety and recovery focused Case Management for the duration of their stay, along with tenancy support and guidance. Families typically stay for 6-12 months to allow for recovery and healing.
Throughout their journey at RISE2, families are prepared for transition to longer-term housing, and supported by Coast2Bay Housing in securing this. Coast2Bay Housing and The Salvation Army ensure families have everything they need to transition safely.
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