RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY SERVICES INC

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Crime & Law

Location: 503 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave Clearwater FL 33756 USA

Mission: To feed the hungry, help homeless families return to self-sufficiency, and empower survivors of domestic violence.
Results: 2011 was an incredibly challenging year for our community. RCS, its volunteers, and staff have done a phenomenal job responding to the growing number of people in need. Here is our list of accomplishments for last year: The RCS Food Bank provided supplemental food for 55,353 individuals in Clearwater; and 69,678 individuals through the USDA Commodity program elsewhere in Pinellas County. The Haven of RCS provided a wide array of domestic violence intervention and prevention assistance to 22,856 persons. RCS Grace House provided a comfortable and dignified apartment to 570 individuals with no other place to call home, 369 of which were small children. The RCS Thrift Store provided $22,904 worth of clothing, household goods, and furniture to 500 people in our community without resources to purchase these items. 192 families received assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure, 456 families received help to keep their power on, and 1,220 people received transportation assistance. RCS volunteers provided $700,000.00 equivalent in services this year. We have done our work with an administrative cost of 6.8%.
Target demographics: We serve the hungry, homeless families, and anyone impacted by domestic violence in Pinellas County
Geographic areas served: Pinellas County
Programs: RCS Food Bank: feeding the hungry RCS Grace House: shelter services for homeless children and parents The Haven of RCS: domestic violence center RCS Thrift Store: raising money to support RCS and helping people with material needs

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Rating: 5 stars  

We became involved with RCS Grace House about 10 years ago by adopting an apartment, at that time we wanted our employees to experience giving back to our community, we started this with offering them a paid day off to go and spend it working at our apartment, every couple of months we would spend a weekend cleaning repairing painting and replacing what ever our apartment needed. It didn't take long and our employees asked to donate the money that we would pay them to help the Grace House, and that was what we had hoped for that they would learn a way to give back you our community in which we live.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the Awareness of what RCS Grace House does for our community and get the media to get help get the word out!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Haven of RCS, part of the RCS umbrella has been critical in assisting clients referred by the community for safety from Domestic Violence.. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated group in our community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family has supported RCS for a number of years both financially and by volunteering and based upon that experience I have recently joined the Board of RCS. RCS plays a critical role in Pinellas County through the RCS Food Bank, the RCS Grace House which provides short-term housing for families with children, and the Haven of RCS, which provides support to individuals impacted by domestic violence.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

This is a multi service organization which services four different needs: Provides help for feeding the hungry, dealing with issues of violence in the family/relationship, transitioning the homeless through immediate shelter and training for living independently, and providing a thrift shop for those less fortunate in our community--especially those in one of the other programs of RCS.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to develop more talented leadership by staff and directors of programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

develop a more effective means of communiting who RCS is to the general public.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I was involved with one of the original churches in helping to organize RCS.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Recruiting new board members with strong community involvement and committed network of family and friends.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Expanding and refining delivery of food bank to more needy. Developing effective case work for assisting homeless families transitioning to employment and managing of family assets to survive in todays troubled times. Capital funds campaign for improved and larger shelter for dealing with violence in families.

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