Heart of the
High Country

Boone, NC

About RISE 

Relationships Intended for Self-Sufficiency & Empowerment 

RISE of the High Country is a NETworX initiative of Hospitality House located in Boone, NC. RISE initially launched as "Circles of the High Country" in 2013, and transitioned to RISE in 2016. Our mission remains the same. We work to build community by bringing individuals from diverse backgrounds together to learn about the effects of poverty, privilege, and trauma on our lives. We believe that poverty is not limited to financial resources, and that all of us experience poverty in some aspect of our lives. We also believe that solutions for poverty are rooted in the development of authentic community. It requires each of us, acting together, to create sustainable solutions to the barriers we face.  


RISE offers a 14 week experience to all members of the community that results in lasting friendships.  We gather weekly to explore that ways that poverty, privilege, and trauma impact our lives and our community. Participants are challenged to develop meaningful personal goals and provided with resources and accountability necessary for success. The 14 experience is just the beginning of RISE, and we seek to provide additional opportunities for involvement to all participants.

Networx usa

In April 2017, Hospitality House joined forces with NETworX USA to provide new programming for the RISE Program. NETworX USA provides a comprehensive curriculum for RISE's 14 week training program as well as additional resources and training to advance the program within the community. Learn more about the impact that NETworX USA is doing in communities across the nation. 

hospitality house

RISE is an initiative of Hospitality House. Hospitality Houses's mission is to rebuild lives and strengthen community by providing a safe, nurturing, healthy environment in which individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty-related crises are equipped to become self-sufficient and productive. Hospitality House is the lead agency for individuals experiencing homelessness in Watauga, Wilkes, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Mitchell, and Yancy counties. The agency provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and supportive services for all of those in need throughout the High Country. Learn more about Hospitality House.