John Cruz Joins Rise Staff

Rise would like to welcome the newest member of our staff, John Cruz as Data Management Coordinator. John will replace Eleanor Tutt, who has been in the position for the past nine years and is taking a short sabbatical to focus on her personal life and volunteer projects. She will be seeking opportunities to use her data analysis and mapping skills to work in the field of social justice. We will miss Eleanor and wish her the very best in all of her endeavors.

John is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where he completed a Masters Degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development. John’s research focused on economic development strategies for urban areas, demographics research, placemaking strategies, retail business development, and transit-oriented development. He has used his extensive background in programming and information technology to utilize database systems and Geographic Information Systems.

John has worked in the community development field with one of our partners, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, as an intern conducting community development research, grant writing, IT, and organization based work. He is skilled in data collection, GIS mapping, social media, photography, and website development.

We are fortunate to have John on our staff and  encourage all of our partners and associates to make John feel at home with Rise.

Feel free to contact John at 314.333.7017 or [email protected]john-web-profile-2015.





Lemay Chamber Awards – Fantastic Community Spirit

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Rise received the Community Service Award from the Lemay Chamber of Commerce at their annual awards dinner. Stephen Acree, President of Rise, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. The event was held at Orlando’s Event & Conference Center in South County. The event was well attended, but the thing that really made it special was the enthusiasm and strong community spirt the students, businesses, and police demonstrated in their acceptance speeches. Congratulations to the Lemay Chamber of Commerce!

The list of Awardees is as follows:

Pavilion at Lemay, St. Louis County Parks & St. Louis Economic Development Partnership


Dr. Kevin Carl, Hancock Place School District
Reginald Scott, Lemay Housing Partnership

Amy Yan

Lucy Kebler, Notre Dame High School
Renaissance/StuCo, Hancock Place High School

Century Credit Union – David’s Hair Studio
Dowling Auto Body – Southtowne Dental
Orlando’s Event & Conference Center
St. Louis County Police – Smoothie King
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Koch Elementary builds community and playground:

Brian Hurd, Rise Technical Assistance Program Manager, recently joined his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha in volunteering to assist in the construction of a playground for Koch Elementary School. Please check out this awesome report showcasing student involvement and community-building revitalization here in the St. Louis Metro Area:

Rise and Lemay Housing Partnership to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for 40 New Single-Family Homes in Lemay

Rise Community Development (Rise) and Lemay Housing Partnership, Inc. (LHP) to Host Groundbreaking for Community Members at Hancock Place School District

What: Rise in partnership with LHP will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Lemay Homes, consisting of 40 new, single-family homes.

Rise and LHP closed on this $9.0 million development with Missouri Housing Development Commission, St. Louis County, PNC Bank and Sugar Creek Capital.

The development features 36 three-bedroom homes and 4 four-bedroom homes with energy efficient appliances, functional floor plans, durable exterior finishes and at least one and a half baths. All of the homes will be built using sustainable design guidelines and will incorporate features of Universal Design.

The new single-family homes are affordable to families earning 60 percent or less of the Area Median Income.

Who: Missouri State Representative Bob Burns, St. Louis County Port Authority Commission Vice Chair Frank McHugh, Director of Planning at St. Louis County Government Glenn Powers, and St Louis County Councilman Kevin O’Leary among other dignitaries.


All community members who wish to attend

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Visuals: Groundbreaking Ceremony featuring remarks from representatives of the State of Missouri and St. Louis County.
Where: Hancock Place School District, 9417 S. Broadway, Saint Louis, MO, 63125
Contact: Larry Perlmutter, Communications and Development Manager 314-333-7008

[email protected]