Bekah is one of Nicole DeWard’s daughters, and is 19 years old. She loves to work as a BaRISEta, and especially likes greeting the customers. Bekah also likes to go next door to work out at SHINE. She enjoys both hot and frozen hot chocolate! Bekah dances, sings, draws, colors, and loves Disney movies, (her favorite of all times is The Little Mermaid). She has never met a stranger.
Jacob is one of Nicole’s sons, is 17 years old, and attends Pope High School. He loves to spin the sign outside to attract business for the coffee shop. Jacob doesn’t drink coffee, and he really doesn’t care for the smell. Being on the computer, jumping on the trampoline, and swinging are Jacob’s favorite pastimes. He also loves to play Super Smash Brothers Ultimate on Nintendo. One of the coolest things that has happened to him was being interviewed on the local news regarding his working at RISE. Jacob's favorite drink is Root Beer and Ice age: Collision Course is his favorite movie. Jacob enjoys listening to the song, “Good Time” by Owl City.
Meridith is 19 years old. She was interested in working at RISE because she has had a lot of experience with coffee, since she enjoys drinking it with her mom after workouts. Meridith likes mixing different coffees to improve recipes, so RISE is a perfect fit for her. She would like to move to California someday because there are many celebrities to see and companies like Gucci for shopping. She loves playing video games with her four bothers and would like to be a gaming YouTuber. Singing, music, Marvel movies, and Anime are some of Meridith’s many interests.
Rachel attended Lassiter High School, and is 27 years old. She yearns to become an expert smoothie maker, since her favorite drink is the peanut butter banana smoothie! Coffee is ok for her, but not her favorite. Rachel is meticulous to detail, and enjoys doing things that need to be done to prepare for the opening of the coffee shop each day she works. Her favorite song is “Fireworks” by Katy Perry and favorite movie is the 2020 Disney Channel movie “Zombies 2.”
Collin is 20 years old, and is a fan of many of the drinks here. Since they are all so good, it’s hard for him to pick a favorite. However, hot chocolate is near the top of the list. Collin also loves coffee and cars, as long as they are cool ones!! Sweeping is a favorite chore of his at RISE. Collin’s favorite movie is 101 Dalmatians and top song of all time is “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the movie Trolls.
Darby graduated from Alan C. Pope High School, and is 21 years old. Her favorite place is RISE, and that’s pretty awesome to have the opportunity to work at her favorite place. She wants to go to the beach in Florida. Darby doesn’t drink coffee but she drinks hot chocolate at long as it has whipped cream and also enjoys getting smoothies with peanut butter in them. She plays soccer as a hobby outside of working at RISE. Her favorite movie is Inside Out, and she also enjoys Spy Kids. Darby’s favorite song is “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Brayton is 23 years old and went to Cherokee High School. Aaron, his aid, works with him to have the best work experience! Brayton was interested in working as a BaRISEta because his mom told him that RISE was a really good place to work. He wants to go camping because he likes to camp every summer break. He goes to Camp Glisson, and he likes to be outside and to swim. Brayton likes to drink coffee because he thinks that it tastes good, but he does prefer decaf. He also likes to drink Boulder Blue Tea, Fanta, and the green Coke flavor from the World of Coke in Atlanta, GA. He enjoys hanging out with his friend, Justin. They oftentimes go hiking or work out. He is also very involved with his church. Brayton likes talking to his supervisor, and he also really enjoys his 10 minute breaks. Don’t we all? He likes to sweep, vacuum, and spin the RISE sign outside. Brayton is working to get a new lamp for his room. His favorite movie is The Incredibles, and he also loves Monsters, Inc. His favorite album rather than favorite song is an album called “Kosmos” by William Mathews. It’s classified as Christian/Gospel music.
Carolyn is 23 years old. When she attended high school she was active in plays and dramas. She enjoys working at RISE because she can spend time with her friends, both old and new, and she believes RISE is a good organization for her to work. She always has a smile for anyone she meets. Carolyn aspires to become a teacher, write songs or books; especially history books.
Brian is 24 years old. He went to Lassiter High School and enjoyed studying about planets. Brian is a very active guy-he likes to play video games, (Pokemon being his favorite), go for walks, watch tv, (Riverdale is at the top of his list) and hang out with his family. Brian enjoys many things at RISE; the people he works with, the customers, greeting, and handing out orders. His favorite drink is the vanilla latte, and his mom makes a special coffee every day for him for breakfast. He aspires to be a video game designer. Brian has a special dog named Bear, a shi-poo, who loves to beg for food.
Jessica is 23 years old. She loves shopping, singing, and dancing. Her favorite dance is Jazz. Jessica loves enjoys working at RISE because she loves meeting new people and experiencing new skills. Her favorite drink at the coffee shop is hot chocolate, but not without it being topped off with whipped cream! Carrie Underwood’s song, All-American Girl is Jessica’s go to song and her most watched movie is The Titanic. Her dream job is becoming a preschool teacher. She is very intetested in teaching kids how to dance and sing for high school plays.
Mary Claire graduated from Pope High School and is 24 years old. She enjoys walking in her neighborhood, but when it is rainy she loves coloring and word searches. Mary Claire’s two favorite movies are Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. She enjoys listening to Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole’s daughter. Her favorite part of working at RISE is drinking coffee, but she is careful not to drink too much since she is watching her caffeine. She loves to serve coffee and put a smile on people’s faces. Her dream is to open up her own coffee shop someday AND sell books. She loves Audible books and is a history buff!
Samuel is 20 and he went to Pope High School. He loves the peanut butter brownie and is not a fan of coffee. Samuel loves cleaning the tables, so they will be spotless. In his spare time he plays clarinet and basketball. Samuel favorite movie is Home Alone, but his favorite movie changes often. He also loves watching all the basketball movies! Here I am to Worship is a favorite song he loves to play on his clarinet by memory. This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham is his ultimate favorite song from the movie Breakthrough. Samuel also has a younger brother who is now in college.
Sean went to Pope High School and is 23 years old. He likes frozen hot chocolate the best of all!! He enjoys working at RISE because he loves meeting new friends and helping out. Sean favorite past time is watching tv, especially American Idol! His favorite type of music is Pop. If he could do anything in the world, it would be working with Robotics!
Alex went to River Ridge High School, then on to Transition Academy, and is 22 years old. She loves horseback riding, bowling, tennis, swimming, dancing, and music, of which singing and piano are her faves! She says the best part about working at RISE is the people; the NICE people. She loves drinking Ginger Peach Tree at the coffee shop AND she LOVES drinking coffee too! All You Need is Love by the Beatles is Alex’s favorite song and her top movie is Jungle Cruise. She has two dream jobs: working at a coffee shop, or in a cafeteria kitchen. So one of her dreams has already come true!
William goes to Pope High School Transition Academy. He is full of energy and so much life. At RISE, his favorite thing to do is clean. He gets so much satisfaction working independently and accomplishing large tasks. William loves to play football and it is his dream to play professionally one day!
Parker went to Lassiter High School, has an October birthday, and is 22 years old. His hobbies are riding his scooter, playing video games, watching movies, and swimming. Parker’s favorite thing to do at RISE is serve the customers. Even though he works at a coffee shop, he does not drink coffee or tea, but Diet Coke instead! 😀 His favorite song is Rich Girl, by Gwen Stefani. His favorite movie is Home Alone. Parker’s dream job is to be a busboy. He is sweet and funny, also very polite and honest. Parker loves to do nice things for people. Parker is good at customer service, counting change, and is a good cleaner.
Alisha went to Rabun County High School and in December will be 37 years old. She enjoys basketball, hopscotch, designing clothing for dolls, baking, and ballet. Alisha has several things at RISE she enjoys doing such as the people she gets to work with, the yummy baking, using the cash register and waiting on customers at the drive through window. She enjoys the peanut butter banana protein smoothie the most! Her favorite song is "Into the unknown" by Elsa, from Frozen which is also her favorite movie! Her dream job is working the drive thru window at RISE... and she does!
Jared has been looking for a place like RISE for many years. He has so much to offer the world with his charm, his leadership, his heart and his commitment to make a way! Jared loves to build models. His brain enjoys the small parts creating a larger project. He often comes in early to enjoy the coffee shop and builds while he is waiting to start his shift. As a BaRISEta buddy, he enjoys coming alongside our BaRISEtas to help them SHINE.