Spring has Sprung

By Rise Phoenix Rise | March 30, 2017

With warmer weather comes more opportunities to get outside and interaction with our furry and four-legged friends are optimized. And while we are out interacting with our animal companions, it can reduce isolation, something that many who struggle with mental health and wellness know all too well. Animals just have a way of breaking the…

Heather LaRossa

By Rise Phoenix Rise | February 1, 2017

My name is Heather LaRossa , and the program Rise Phoenix Rise and Traci Jones has been a big help for me,, matter a fact I’ve gotten more out of this program in less time then I’ve ever gotten from state/county mental health,, mainly because our animals are a big part of it,, but also…

The dogs are BARKing

By Rise Phoenix Rise | January 21, 2017

Effective May 16, 2016, Rise Phoenix Rise is insured and ready to start meeting at BARK, a dog rescue in Ashland, Va.  We will have our first meeting June 7, 2016 exactly 2 months since our first meeting at the Pamunkey Ashland library!  We will meet at 6:30 pm at 12300 Farrington Rd. Ashland, Va…

New Faces New Friends

By Rise Phoenix Rise | June 28, 2016

We’ve been having successful meetings at BARK. Inc. for a month now and we have really come far in that month!  We have met many new faces and made many new friends.  Luckily for us, but for you too, is that we will have a new blogger who will do her best to be devoted…

So much happening

By Rise Phoenix Rise | June 8, 2016

WOW has there been some exciting happenings around Rise Phoenix Rise!  First we were featured on iheart radio courtesy of Kat Simons!  Then we had the Ashland Strawberry Faire which drew some exposure for us.  We have three new peer facilitators who are most definitely qualified to handle the job.  Some of the attributes they…

Highlights with Horse Highlights LLC

By Rise Phoenix Rise | May 12, 2016

Meeting Highlights, such a great companion!Rise Phoenix Rise, Inc. enjoyed the hospitality of Horse Highlights, LLC today for our meeting.  We acknowledged the positive characteristics about ourselves, some challenges that we face throughout the day and the ways that we can bridge the two.  We also discussed how animals impacted our lives, we’ve all had…

Off We Go…

By Rise Phoenix Rise | April 11, 2016

We had our first official meeting April 7th, 2016, and it was a huge success. There were 10 people in attendance plus my guide dog Jessie and two therapy dogs. We went around the room and discussed how animals have impacted our lives and future directions of Rise Phoenix Rise, Inc. Participants shared their experiences…

The first spark

By Rise Phoenix Rise | March 29, 2016

We plan on starting to have meetings at the Ashland Pamunkey Library starting Thursday April 7, 2016 from 12pm – 1pm.  It will be a time to gather and listen to others as we journey together on this road to recovery.  Topics he benefits of animal to be discussed will include the benefits of animal…

Phoenix’s Fire

By Rise Phoenix Rise | March 20, 2016

As this is the first blog, I will keep it short and simple. The development of our program stems from a several years’ long dream of mine.  I have a BS in Psychology as well as some graduate level courses.  I have earned a CELT certificate.  In 2007, I along with two other ladies successfully opened Trillium Drop-In-Center…