Rising Hope, Inc.
Rising Hope, Inc., an NCCRS member since November 2016, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation founded by the late Rev. Dr. George (Bill) W. Webber, President of New York Theological Seminary, and Dr. Marian Bohen, a college educator and Ursuline nun. Rising Hope, Inc. provides one year of college-level courses to people incarcerated in New York state prisons, including Sing Sing, Fishkill, and Woodbourne Correctional Facilities. The courses are taught by volunteers, often distinguished in their fields, who freely give their time and expertise to help this special population find a path to living a positive life through education and service. The courses are offered without cost to the students. The curriculum focuses on studies of the Judeo-Christian tradition from a purely academic perspective. Students of any, or no, faith tradition are welcome and there is no proselytizing.