In August 2018, Rising Ground and Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families formally joined together. Through this partnership, Edwin Gould became a subsidiary of Rising Ground with Rising Ground assuming all administrative functions for the two organizations. Both our organizations now operate under one uniform set of policies and practices, guided by the same mission, values, expectations, and vision, as we continue to expand services to more New Yorkers facing adversity.
Thus began a new day for our two organizations’ long dedication to helping New York’s children, adults, and families to move forward and upward in their lives. The consolidation strengthens and broadens the supports we provide to more than 25,000 children, adults, and family members throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Westchester County. As one organization, Rising Ground now has expanded services in our critical work in the areas of child welfare, services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and care management. The STEPS to End Family Violence program continues to support those impacted by intimate partner violence, as well as New York City youth through advocacy and leadership training. Intimate partner violence often impacts the families and children supported by Rising Ground across its many programs, meaning the expertise developed through decades of work in this area will have a wider reach benefitting the Rising Ground community.
The decision to bring Rising Ground and Edwin Gould together builds upon a strong historical connection between the organizations. Edwin Gould’s nieces and nephews were adopted through Rising Ground (then named Leake &Watts) in the early 20th century. He provided significant personal financial support to Rising Ground, which led to the construction of buildings on our campus that stand to this day, as well as an enduring endowment fund. Two years ago, Rising Ground assumed operation of Edwin Gould’s day habilitation program for adults with IDD.
As Rising Ground and Edwin Gould move forward together, we believe that through this affiliation we are advancing our work and creating a stronger, more sustainable long-term structure that gives us the depth, expertise, and adaptability that will benefit the people and communities we support.