407-645-5933 ext. 236 marisa.west@shalomorlando.org

RAISE is a work and social skills training program for adults with disabilities who are seeking employment and face challenges finding work.

Offered by Shalom Orlando, RAISE collaborates with 17 partnering locations and engages 1:1 volunteer job coaches to provide paid employment at each of these locations. In addition, RAISE offers guidance to help participants transition to jobs in the community.


A Place to Belong and Become

By providing a 9-month, part-time work experience through partnering locations of Shalom Orlando, RAISE offers each participant the self-worth that comes from earning a paycheck, the satisfaction of being a participating member of society, an accepting work environment, the self-respect that comes with productivity, the dignity of having a job, a feeling of contribution, and the social benefit of interfacing with our community in a safe and compassionate setting.

During this time, job skills are modeled, shaped, and refined. RAISE builds self-esteem, fosters independence at home and in the workplace, educates and inspires participants and their families to set new goals, supports and encourages social growth, and creates awareness of services and opportunities available in the community.

The Story of RAISE

RAISE honors the life and legacy of founder Loren London’s brother Barry, the inspiration for creating RAISE. Like many others within our community, Barry faced employment and social challenges on a daily basis.

May his beautiful memory and accomplishments lead us to be involved in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), as RAISE builds inclusion and helps to make our community a better place.

Channel 6 news segment of RAISE welcoming new employees and their families at its annual Meet and Greet event.

Channel 6 news highlights RAISE employees in the workplace.

RAISE was featured as a Community Champion on WESH 2 News. The video above features RAISE employees, Job Coaches and Leadership Team members.

Begin your journey with RAISE by completing an application today!

We are happy to provide you with more information about RAISE.

We are always seeking Volunteer Job Coaches. Click above to find out more.

Parents, employees and former employees talk about their experiences with RAISE. Special thanks to the creative team: Robin Hofmann and Alexis Latimore!

The RAISE Mission

RAISE is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce through paid work and social skills training for adults with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Heart of Inclusion Since 2012

The RAISE mission is guided by traditional Jewish values of Repairing the World and Acts of Loving Kindness, by promoting inclusion and taking into account the overall well-being of adults with disabilities.

For every person with a disability who has a job, there are four more who would like to go to work. RAISE helps prepare our employees for employment in the community.

RAISE Awareness to Hire


Adding purpose to our mission, RAISE Awareness to Hire is a division of RAISE that works with local businesses to create new jobs and provide a simple and seamless transition for adults with disabilities from the nurturing environment of RAISE into competitive employment.

Are you interested in hiring an adult with a disability? Click the box below and we will be in touch with you.


RAISE Them Up!

J Life Magazine – Winter 2023

They Deserve a RAISE
J Life Magazine – Fall 2023

RAISE Meet and Greet
J Life Magazine – Winter 2023

RAISE Continues to RISE
J Life – Spring 2022

Professional Services Partner

Learn more about our professional services partner, Social Bridges®

The RAISE Advisory Team

Loren London, RAISE’s Founder and Director of Strategy & Development, began her career as a critical care nurse and legal nurse consultant. After 20 years in the healthcare arena, she shifted her focus to planning Jewish educational, philanthropic, and musical events nationwide. These diverse leadership experiences, coupled with her passion for inclusion, prepared Loren to build her 2012 vision of RAISE into a successful program impacting Central Florida and beyond.

Rachel holds both a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Penn State University. She has over 30 years of experience in helping children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. In addition to teaching at Seminole State College for 20 years, she has been a social skills coach in Central Florida for over 15 years. Now as the RAISE Inclusion Director at Shalom Orlando, Rachel brings both her professional background and her leadership and organization skills to RAISE to help neurodiverse adults gain the skills and confidence needed for employment in our community.

Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Director of Social Bridges®. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor's degree in Education/Drama Therapy.

Ken has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Learning Disabilities, and a Doctorate in Education, specializing in Special Education with state certifications in Specific Learning Disabilities and Administration and Supervision. He is the former Director of Exceptional Student Education in Orange County, 1991-2011.

Sandra is a former Special Education teacher and Program Coordinator at UCF and in Orange County Public Schools. She holds a Master's degree in Special Education and a Bachelor's degree in K-12 Library Media Science. She has a certificate in Special Education Meditation from the Justice Center of Atlanta.

Amy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with mental health issues. She currently writes social skills and employability training curriculum targeting adults and teens with Down Syndrome.

Bill has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in special eduation from Cleveland State University. He spent 36 years teaching in Cleveland Heights-University Heights and Seminole County Public Schools prior to his retirement in 2016. His teaching career was spent working with special-needs children in elementary and middle schools.

Thank You To Our  Sponsors


We are especially grateful to the generous and inspiring individuals, businesses, and foundations who support us. Thanks to their outstanding partnership, we are able to build confidence, promote independence, teach employability skills to adults with disabilities and provide guidance and support to their families.

Our organization also received the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid. Receiving this top badge requires the highest commitment to social responsibility and fiscal transparency, and we are honored to be included among the best nonprofits in our community.

In recognition of our impact on the community, we received the Top Rated Nonprofit badge from Great Nonprofits, a prestigious organization that reviews nonprofits for their social and community impact.

407-645-5933 ext. 233
Shalom Orlando
851 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland, FL 32751