What we do
The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE) is one of the largest re-entry organizations in the City of Philadelphia. Working with other social service agencies, we use proven strategies to make sure more people do well after they leave prison.
Established in 2005 as the City’s flagship “First-Stop” agency, our experienced staff help an average 1,500 returning individuals per year overcome the barriers to successful re-entry through education, life skills, and job assistance.
Using the idea that #TogetherWeRise, we work to:
- Connect people to services and resources.
- Increase public safety.
- Reduce re-arrests.
- Help rebuild lives.
Ceciley Bradford-Jones is a widely-recognized nonprofit executive with a distinguished career in mental and behavioral health, criminal justice, and business. She created innovative re-entry solutions and is recognized as an expert in program development, public policy, training, and compliance. Bradford-Jones’ developed this expertise during her seven-year tenure as director of Behavioral Health & Rehabilitation Service at Community Council Mental Health & Mental Retardation Inc., as well as her nine-year tenure as director of administrative services with the Pennsylvania Prison Society (PPS). During her time at PPS, she served as the highest-ranking administrative official and provided executive leadership for fiscal, procurement, real estate, program, and human resources management. She also served as chief administrator for the Support to Kids with Incarcerated Parents (SKIP) program.
Bradford-Jones proudly served as the Philadelphia county director at The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). This organization provides immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. In that role, she garnered accolades from law enforcement, judicial, and legal counsel representing plaintiffs and defendants.
Recently appointed to serve as the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE), she directs re-entry support services to residents who return to our communities after incarceration.
A certified trauma therapist, she holds master’s in business administration from St. Joseph’s University, Haub School of Business; a master’s in criminal justice from St. Joseph’s University; and a bachelor’s in sociology from Millersville University.