Welcome to RCS!
A recently released study by a social scientist on volunteerism reported that people who volunteer regularly have healthier hearts, less chronic pain, and are less likely to suffer dementia at any age. They identify a "giving high" that is associated with giving of oneself.
Just one peek in our kitchen on any day would support that theory, as there are many blessed octogenarians continuing to give of themselves daily. We continue to praise Him for the many volunteers of all ages who play a vital role in the continued success of RCS.

The volunteers and staff of RCS allow us to serve as the epicenter for those facing crises of homelessness and hunger in New Bern and surrounding counties. As we partner with Craven Community College, we can also provide education to our list of services and give so many people a chance at personal growth. We offer human resource classes and training for higher paying employment opportunities. It is an exciting endeavor that seeks to add dignity to the individual through work, thus breaking the cycle of poverty. Please call me to find out more about the classes offered at the RCS annex and other opportunities for our guests.

On a personal note, I wish to thank the RCS staff,  board members, volunteers, pastors, aldermen and community members who stopped in at the right moment to give me words of encouragement as I transitioned into the new role of Executive Director. I value each of you for your support and time spent on furthering our vision and expansion of RCS.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a God filled New Year!
Juliet Rogers, Executive Director
Shelter Spotlight
Shelter Spotlight -- Miss Ruth
Many people stay at our Emergency Homeless Shelter. Some stay for a night and others stay as long as 3 months. We recently had a Grandmother and her granddaughter stay with us.
Miss Ruth had left her home in Georgia to take custody of her granddaughter after realizing she could not stay with her daughter. She came to RCS seeking safe shelter and a place to get back on their feet. Miss Ruth's granddaughter was able to continue at her current school while she volunteered at the shelter and figured out a way to establish a new home for the two of them.
RCS provided assistance to Miss Ruth and after just 8 weeks, she and her granddaughter were able to move out of the shelter into their new home.
This type of story is not uncommon at our shelter. We continue to provide a safe shelter and resources that allow many of our guests to take control of their future.
Miss Ruth's story is a true RCS Shelter success story.

Upcoming Events
Beary Merry Christmas Sledding, Shopping & Food Drive
December 13, 2015 | Corner of S. Front and Craven Streets
Join us for the 3rd Annual Sledding, Shopping & RCS Food Drive at the corner of S. Front and Craven Streets in downtown New Bern. This is one of the MOST FUN events of the Beary Merry Christmas schedule and we are thrilled to be part of it! There will be six sleds, bounce houses, hot chocolate, cookies and activities for the kids! $5 admission (hot chocolate and cookies are extra) -- a portion of the proceeds comes back to RCS. We will also be accepting food donations in our sleigh! For more information, go to

This is also a FUN day and wonderful opportunity for groups and/or individuals to get involved and VOLUNTEER! Lots of opportunities - check out Volunteer Spot for times/needs.

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RCS Highlights
RCS receives generous donations for Holidays
We are blessed with some very generous individuals and groups and would like to share some November/December highlights:
  • UPHC Rocky Run Church helped us give away coats to nearly 175 individuals at the Winter Coat Giveaway on November 7
  • Malcolm Quay and the Neuse River Back Water Open donated $5000 and 350 pound of fresh fish from their annual fishing tournament held in October
  • The Annual Holiday Show at the Riverfront Convention Center collected nearly 5000 pounds of food November 13-15
  • Pastor Paulette Bryant from Biblical House of God donated $250 and is working on expansion partnership with RCS
  • The Tryon Civitans collected 1100 pounds of food and donated $850 to RCS from their Annual Food Drive held in October
  • Zabby from 4th Grade Epiphany donated food and supplies that she collected for her birthday
  • Craven Early College assisted with TEFAP on November 18, serving nearly 2000 individuals in critical hunger
  • Hatteras/Cabo donated food, water and WalMart gift certificates
  • Roger Grear and family cooked 24 turkeys and all the fixings to serve on Thanksgiving Day
  • MOEN donated about 4000 pounds of food and water
  • Retired teachers from H. J. MacDonald donated over 50 blankets for the Shelter
  • New Bern Breakfast Rotary donated $500 in honor of Terry Tait to use for scholarships
  • Fairfield Harbour Yacht Club donated 3000 pounds of food and $600 from their annual food drive
  • Carolina Pines Home & Garden Club donated 32 sets of bath towels and wash cloths wrapped and ready for Christmas
  • New Bern Civitan Club donated and installed two sets of washers and dryers for the Shelter
Representative G. K. Butterfield to Visit RCS
Recently, Mayor Dana Outlaw, Aldermen Dallas Blackiston, Pat Schaible, and Johnny Ray Kinsey visited RCS to tour our facility and learn about the growing needs of our community and the services that RCS provides to service those needs. This visit has prompted a special visit from Representative G. K. Butterfield scheduled for January. We are very proud of our efforts and welcome the opportunity to discuss ways to improve what, for many, are dire situations of hunger and homelessness. Without the collaboration of community leaders, local officials, and dedicated volunteers and staff, not much will change. RCS welcomes groups and/or individuals to tour our facility and learn about the growing needs of our community and what RCS does to help. We are always in need of responsible and caring volunteers, as well as ways to bridge organizations that can work together for the common good. Please call our office if you would like to schedule a tour.

RCS Annex kicks off new Craven Community College class series with Forklift Certification and Job Training
The RCS Annex will host the first in a series of classes offered through Craven Community College as we partner together in an effort to help provide solid education and employment opportunities for those in need. We are looking for sponsors to help fund our "Scholar Dollars" scholarships that will assist students taking classes. Our first class is Forklift Certification and Job Training and it begins this week 12/9-12/22 Mon-Thu 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m. at RCS Annex. Cost: $70.60, Lunch provided daily. CARTS Stop #8. Call 252-638-7248 for more information.
Pantry and Shelter Needs
The Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter are in critical need of several items as we head into the winter months. All donations can be dropped off at our warehouse location at 919 George Street. Warehouse hours are Monday - Friday 8am-3pm and Saturday 7am - 12pm. We are in need of the following:
canned fruit
canned spaghetti sauce
Mac and Cheese
ramen noodles
mittens and gloves
plastic grocery bags
Hamburger Helper
canned meat
Volunteer Needs
There are plenty of opportunities to serve others at RCS, either on site or at a number of local events. We encourage participation from all ages and are currently looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:
Need help sorting food, house goods and linens Monday - Friday 8am-1pm. Call Sally at (252) 876-1718 or email for more information. 
VOLUNTEER SPOT is a great way to see additional volunteer opportunities!

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We are looking for substitute receptionists and drivers to assist any day of the week when needed.
Looking for volunteers to answer phones and greet guests on Tuesdays and/or Fridays from 8am - 12pm. Call Roseann at (252) 633-2767 or email for info!
December 13 from 1-4pm. This is a FUN day and wonderful opportunity for groups and/or individuals to get involved! Lots of opportunities - check out Volunteer Spot for times/needs.

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Drivers needed Saturdays from 9am-11:30am to pickup food from grocers to bring back to RCS. Must have valid NC Drivers License. Call Sally at (252) 876-1718 or email for more information.
Our Programs
RCS is a faith-based organization that addresses the basic needs of our community by providing food, clothing and shelter to those who need it most. Our primary programs include the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter, but we have many other programs that help nourish the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We offer many opportunities and welcome volunteer and monetary support for the following programs: 
Soup Kitchen
The Emergency Food Assistance Program
Transportation Assistance
Homeless Shelter
Disaster Relief & Recovery
Rent & Utility Assistance
Food Pantry
Clothing for Casual & Business Wear
Enrichment & Education Program
Help provide food and shelter for families in need! RCS relies heavily on donations from individuals and businesses to support our efforts. We need your help!