Marvin jones

Marvin's Bio:

My name is John Smith. I was born and raised in Boone, NC and I am thankful to call it home.  My background is in construction, and I have 12 years of experience in roofing and framing. I've worked on houses and business all across the High Country! I enjoy working with my hands and love the opportunity to be outdoors. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and hiking.

Why I Joined RISE:


Exceed at work and receive a promotion

I joined RISE in December 2016 shortly after being laid off from my job. Since the economy took a down turn, construction work has been limited. I've struggled to find work and maintain my housing. I learned about RISE from a friend, and thought it would be a great way to meet new people and develop new opportunities. 

Purchase a used car and fix it up

Enroll at Caldwell Community College 


What I have Learned In The Process:

I've made many new friends in RISE and have come to think of them as my family. Through RISE, I've learned a lot about conflict resolution and communication. These strategies have been helpful for developing relationships in the program and have helped to improve my relationships with others. The whole process has taught me that I have more common ground with others than I realized. I love being a part of this community!

Future Plans:


I recently enrolled in college and I am working towards my A.A. degree in Business Management. I'd like to work for a small business and I have a vision of one day owning my own business. 

I've also started building my personal savings with the goal of buying a vehicle. After I finish my degree, I'd like to start working towards buying my own home.