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Graduation Celebration

In October 2020 we began a JOURNEY with one of our newest clients, Stephanie.  On May 18th, 2021, we will celebrate Stephanie's successful graduation from our Hand-Up program along with all our other program graduates. 

Since July 1st of last year, RaiseUp Families has stopped over 39 evictions and given 91 children an uniterrupted education with the help of good people like you.

Join us as we congratulate these hard working families and share our plans for the future!

A Journey with RaiseUp Families

Special Guests

  • Lorena Santoni

    Event Chair

    Lorena Santoni

    Event Chair

    Lorena Santoni is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley whose practice serves both domestic and international clients. A graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a double major in finance and marketing, and a minor in economics, Lorena has dedicated her life to ensuring that financial opportunity and stability are available to all. A resident of Houston for over 25 years, Lorena grew up watching her mom (a single mom) fight tooth and nail to provide her siblings and her with the tools and resources to achieve and succeed in life. During her initial training at Morgan Stanley, Lorena learned the importance of financial planning and how it can prepare families for a better tomorrow. Her passion for education, financial planning, and promoting a positive community drew her to RaiseUp Families. Lorena is in awe of the work and dedication the organization offers to families in need and is honored to be a part of this journey. Lorena and her husband, Michael, are parents to two adorable Siberian Huskies, Murphy and Ghost. In their down time, they are passionate about running, traveling, and cooking.

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What to Expect

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  1. VIP Reception with Graduates
  2. Doors Open to General Public
  3. Passed Appetizers and Served Lunch
  4. Program Begins
  5. Event Concludes

Additional Information

RaiseUp Families will follow all current health guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all.  The Rustic is an indoor/outdoor space with fresh air flow.  The venue has capacity for 1,500 people and this event will be capped at 250 guests.  

Tables can accomodate anywhere from 2-14 guests and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Purchase your tickets today to ensure your preferred seating arrangement! 

How your Support is Used

$8,500 covers all expenses for one family to complete our signature 9-Month Hand Up Program

$5,000 subsidizes rent throughout our entire program for one family as they work towards self-sufficiency

$1,200 provides one month’s rent, utilities, and continuing education courses to help parents increase their earning potential

$500 gives 2 families safe after-school care for their children while parents are working

$250 purchases a mattress and bedframe for a child sleeping on the floor or sofa

$100 helps 1 adult secure transportation to get to and from work

$50 offers a parent a 30-minute counseling session with a licensed clinician

$25 ensures internet service for families (via a school discount rate)