Mission: SonRise Development Corporation is a community based 501(c)(3) organization that provides information and social services primarily to the residents of Englewood, Teaneck, and Hackensack, located in Bergen County, New Jersey. It was organized in 1999 by the First Baptist Church of Englewood to go beyond the barriers of religious organizations in providing services to the neighboring communities. The mission of SonRise Development Corporation is to empower and promote the wellbeing of members of our local communities by providing convenient and affordable access to resources and services not readily available to them.
Programs: SonRise runs two programs - His Invitation to Victory and SonRise Family Services. Through His Invitation to Victory, SonRise offers HIV/AIDS education and spiritual support including workshops, free HIV testing, literature dissemination, information and support to churches starting HIV/AIDS ministries, and individual spiritual counseling and support upon client request. SonRise Family Services is the newest department of SonRise and provides drug and alcohol education and prevention. In 2007 we will offer computer classes and fatherhood classes. We also have joined with Bergen Family Center to create the Family Success Center. Finally, SonRise will soon begin renovations on SonRise House, a transition home for homeless women and their children.
I just finished the sonrise start up program in April and wow, what a life changing experience. I loved every bit of it. I met the most amazing people, teachers and stuff at the Option Institute Autism treatment center of America. This program gave me hope and beliefs, thought me how to connect with my child and now I'm ready to change my son's life for better. I'm looking forward to return for the next step program they are offering. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who has a child with challenges or has any doubts.
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I have volunteered for SonRise Development Corporation for many years and that experience has helped me develop professionally and I’ve learned that the power of vision transforms into a mission. SonRise DC mission empower, advocate and educate people. The organization is striving toward excellence in helping fight hunger and homelessness. I am honored to be able to provide service that helps others in need of a hand up.