Note from our Board President:
It is with great honor and privilege to inform you that RCS has hired Zeb Hough as the new Executive Director for RCS. We had several great candidates apply, but Zeb stood out among the rest as exceptional. We all are very excited by the energy, knowledge and passion Zeb brings to the table. He and his family will be relocating at the end of the month. But for now, Zeb will work remotely with staff, local leadership and the RCS Board.
Our new facility is complete, the City of New Bern has given us our occupancy permit and we are ready to receive families and veterans! When COVID restrictions relax, we will have a ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening combined with a “Meet and Greet” with Zeb and his family. Our campus has evolved into a safe haven as well as a place for hope in our community. Our partnership with local churches, Craven Community College, Chamber of Commerce, City of New Bern, Craven County along with our local community is more important than ever to help our citizens reach their full potential.
Please help me welcome Zeb and his family as they take an 800 mile journey to a new season in their young family. I know you too will join in our excitement. Thank you again for your continued partnership, prayers, and donations during these challenging times for our local community and families. We could not do any of this without your prayers and support.
Many Blessings to you, your families, and your congregations.
David Kick, President RCS Board of Directors
Letter from our NEW Executive Director, Zeb Hough:
Dear Church Pastors and Friends, On July 1, I will officially be in New Bern at RCS to assume my responsibilities as the new executive director. As such, I would like to both introduce myself and share a bit about my vision for RCS as we head into a bright new season of serving our community.
My family hails from Selma, Alabama, where I spent many summers growing up. My mother and father rai
sed me in the small town of Batavia in upstate New York. Since I was young, two desires have consistently been present in my nature; one is a deep passion for helping cultivate a culture that shapes and forms people and community, and the second is a desire to get away from the snow! Stepping into the role of executive director in New Bern, North Carolina, allows me to engage both of those desires, respectively.
For the past sixteen years, I have been married to the love of my life, Summer. She and I have two beautiful children, Isaiah (11) and Eden (9). Summer and I have both been ordained pastors since 2009 with the Salvation Army, where we served as executive directors and pastors. In 2015, I was called as a senior Pastor at a small church in Rochester, New York, where I have also served as the director of various programs for a local not for profit. My leadership model in the multiple roles I have held is to get a vision and share it with anyone who will listen. I want to find ways to effectively empower the most vulnerable and serve them in a way that acknowledges their inherent dignity and provide opportunities to step into a better tomorrow in the name of Jesus Christ. As I take on this leadership role with RCS, let me be the first to say that we can’t do this alone. We need and depend on your continued support. So, I want to meet you in person! I want to share our values and vision and explore ways we can grow our continued partnerships to keep serving our community.
That brings me to RCS. Since 1982, RCS has served this community with the essentials of life. These services have grown from our humble beginnings as a soup kitchen to what we have grown into today, a full-range community services organization with a wide array of services to meet more needs than ever before. Our community kitchen serves hot meals every day to anyone in need. Our clothing room and food pantry provide basic emergency needs to families and individuals in crisis. Our shelter serves men and women in critical need of shelter and then provides case management to find long term and sustainable housing. Most recently, RCS and this community completed the addition of our veteran’s shelter that will assist displaced veterans in finding employment, education, medical care, and housing. We are also set to open our family shelter, where displaced families with children can find a safe and comfortable refuge while receiving essential support services to aid them in getting back on their feet. These are just a few of the services offered at RCS. I haven’t even made mention of our compassionate listening program or the STEP into Success Partnership with Craven Community College that is thriving. RCS is on the move, and this is going to be an exciting season.
As I said, we can’t do this season without you. So, let’s chat. Please reach out and let’s set up a time to meet sometime this summer to see how we can keep and grow our existing partnership. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Zeb T. Hough