In addition to our services which include a community kitchen, prevention/housing services, food pantry, financial assistance, prescription assistance, case management, and clothing assistance; RCS offers programs that are designed to overcome barriers that prevent movement into a sound phase of life and self-sufficiency. Our office hours for services, including programs, are Monday-Friday 8:00am-1:00pm.
RCS offers several programs that available through our services department or case management:
You can access more information on our services here.
You can access community kitchen info here.
You can access shelter info here.
For nearly 40 years, RCS has been an active community partner providing critical services for those in need. Our central location in New Bern has been able to serve not only Craven County, but Jones and Pamlico Counties as well. Now, through the help of generous donors and a community grant program, RCS is pleased to introduce "Operation Outpost."
Operation Outpost is the newest initiative at RCS and will enable a team of dedicated volunteers to bring food, clothing and hygiene items to more rural populations in our tri-county area. We have designated 4 convenient locations that will serve as pickup locations for boxes filled with necessary essentials for daily living. As the program grows, we are looking to add at least 4 more locations in areas that need it most. We will also provide an outreach assessment for individuals and families and follow-up with our RCS case management team.
Do you live in an outlying area and need help getting food, clothing, and hygiene items? Please contact the front desk to discuss your needs and find out about the nearest location drop in your area. You can also call 252-633-2767.
Want to Get Involved with Operation OutPost?
Monetary support is needed as we purchase household essentials to fill distribution boxes, fill the tanks of our trucks to deliver to outpost locations, and identify individuals and families to help provide additional services if needed. Individuals are welcome to donate to Operation Outpost along with businesses and groups. In addition to individual donations, we have many sponsorship opportunities available for this particular program.
You can donate to Operation OutPost here.
We are in need of extra items to help fill our distribution boxes.
Items needed include, but are not limited to the following:
- peanut butter
- jelly (in plastic jars)
- tomato sauce (in cans)
- canned meats
- canned vegetables
- bottled water
- granola bars
- hygiene items (deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste, fingernail clippers, lotion, etc.)
- gently used (clean) clothes and/or new clothing for adults and children. Please try to donate seasonal clothes as appropriate.
DONATED ITEMS CAN BE BROUGHT TO OUR WAREHOUSE (DROPOFF ENTRY FOR THE RCS WAREHOUSE IS ON THE GUION STREET SIDE OF THE CAMPUS) AND CAN BE DELIVERED MONDAY - SATURDAY 8AM - 2PM).
Volunteers are needed to help with Operation Outpost. Check out our volunteer page here.
If you have questions, or would like additional information, please contact Mark Devanney here.
Download the Operation Outpost flyer here.
RCS has partnered with Craven, Jones and Pamlico County Schools to develop a program that identifies students in need of clothing and toiletry items. We work with teachers, guidance counselors, principals and the Board of Education to discreetly identify the needs and personalities of each student in the program.
Schools provide RCS with information that lets us know the sizes and styles needed for each student. We work to find clothes that fit these needs and supply students with in-season clothing and toiletries. Collections are assembled and returned to the school for a teacher to give to the student in confidence.
Our ThreadEd Program depends on donations of time, materials, and money from our community. We accept seasonal clothing donated in bags marked “RCS ThreadEd Program”. This ensures that donated clothes are directed to this program. We currently need the following items for students in grades K-12:
NEW/GENTLY USED clothing and shoes
TOILETRY/HYGIENE ITEMS in large bottles (shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, feminine hygiene products)
Monetary donations can be made online here or via checks made payable to RCS (please mark “RCS ThreadEd Program” in the memo line.
Donations are accepted at our warehouse located at 919 George Street. Due to ongoing renovations, the layout of our facility has changed. Please use the Guion Street entrance and follow the signs for donation drop-off location. Any questions regarding this program can be directed to Corey Kick here.
ThreadEd: RCS Children’s Clothing Program is a partnership between RCS, Craven, Jones and Pamlico County Schools.
These services are offered by appointment only. Please call to speak with an intake specialist, Monday – Friday 9:00am-12:30pm.
RCS’s goal is to improve the well-being of the people in our area and to give them the opportunities to achieve their individual freedom with independence and responsibility. RCS has strengthened our partnership with Craven Community College to help place people seeking employment and education in the right program.
Please call to speak with an intake specialist, Monday – Friday 9:00am-12:30pm.
Download the Bootcamp flyer here.