Our Story

Our Mission
Through community partnerships and direct services, we assist local families and individuals in recovering from setbacks and achieving their full potential.

Our Vision
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.

Our History
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 Thrift 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.

In 2013 with grant assistance from the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives, Rise opened its second thrift store which became the Greater Goods Kids Outlet and in 2015 we successfully launched our third store, the Greater Goods Resale Furniture Outlet.