For Sponsorship Opportunities, please email RISE’s Executive Director, Haji Adan, at

To view a list of our sponsors, please visit the event page.


RISE is proud to announce its first annual fundraiser event: 


Tickets are $65.00. Buy them today at Eventbrite.

Join us our first annual fundraiser celebrating the diverse cultures, cuisines, and communities found at RISE!

Where: Temple Society of Concord, 910 Madison Street, Syracuse, 13210.

When: April 7, 2018. 6:00 to 9:00 PM

 “Night of Nations” will be a semi-formal event that includes a happy hour and dinner with a Menu (Press to View) from across the world served by My Lucky Tummy and an ethnic-based, Silent Auction!

We will also be recognizing the following friends of the Organization who have helped empower Syracuse’s refugee Community.

RISE Community Builder Award: Dr. Cynthia Morrow

RISE Ambassador Award: Professor Murali Venkatesh

RISE Lifetime Achievement Award: Mr. Abukar Awayle


Our Mission

The mission of Refugee and Immigrant Self- Empowerment (RISE) is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County, NY.

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Our Vision

All refugees and immigrants are empowered to become economically independent and productive members of society who enrich their new community while maintaining their cultural identity.

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Our History

Formerly known as the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA), RISE was founded by Somali Bantu refugees in 2004 to ease the transition of other members of the resettled Somali Bantu community living in Onondaga County. RISE was established at the beginning of 2016.

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