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
This will be year 10 for Teen Dating 101 at Countryside High School in Clearwater. It is sponsored by the school, The Haven of RCS, Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay and GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club, Inc. This project has saved many teenage lives.
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.