What We Do…
Our primary programs include the Community Kitchen, Clothing Closet and Homeless Shelter, but we have many other thriving 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:
Clothing Closet: A large selection of donated, seasonal clothing is available for people of all ages and sizes. Clothing assistance is provided Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help sort through clothes as they are donated to separate into seasons and sizes.
Disaster Relief and Recover: Families impacted by disasters can receive assistance in their recovery. We provide “starter kits” that include, but are not limited to: bedding (sheets, quilts, towels), utensils and dishware, canned goods, baby items (if needed), some furniture.
Financial Assistance: Aid is given to families who are past-due with their rent and utilities. We do require those who are in need to meet with a staff member to provide the documentation needed for assistance.
Food Pantry: Our Food Pantry is stocked through food drives and donations. Families in need can receive 1-week’s food for at-home preparation. Last year, we provided 185,388 meals to families in need. We always need food for our Pantry. Summer months are typically slower donation months, so we encourage private food drives as well as participation in ones we have scheduled for a more balanced stock of food throughout the year.
Food Recovery Program: Our volunteer drivers pick up perishable goods from local grocery stores, restaurants and events. If you know of someone in the grocery or restaurant business and/or have an event with a lot of leftover food, please contact us; we have a skilled kitchen staff who can be creative in food prep. We are also in need of drivers to pickup donations throughout the week.
Homeless Shelter: We operate a 20-bed shelter for homeless families and individuals. Last year, over 200 individuals stayed at our shelter including men, women and children. Our beds were full every night for nearly 300 days. We work with many local programs and agencies in helping our guests achieve self-sufficiency. We are in need of toiletry items for our guests as well as clean linens and towels.
Shelter Dinners: Volunteers prepare meals to share as a way to nourish the physical and spiritual well-being of our shelter guests. Our volunteers prepare meals off-site and bring in to our guests on a regular or one-time basis. Many stay to visit with the guests for dinner and others bring meals ready to serve without staying. Please contact Susan Lucas at 252-633-2767 to sign up for an evening that would work with your schedule and consider bringing in dinner for 20. This is a wonderful opportunity for a volunteer group.
Soup Kitchen: A nutritious meal is provided every day, including holidays. The ECU School of Nursing provides basic health screenings for guests of the Soup Kitchen. Last year we served nearly 63,000 meals! We have volunteers of all ages helping in the Soup Kitchen; it is one of the most rewarding opportunities we offer. Check out our volunteer calendar if you would like to schedule a time to volunteer in the kitchen.
STEP (Strive, Train, Earn, Prosper): This is a collaborative effort lead by Craven Community College (CCC) Workforce Development Center and RCS to provide training at the RCS Annex building located on the RCS Campus at 503 Guion Street, New Bern. Participants are registered CCC students, earn continuing education units, and have their program participation reflected on continuing education transcripts. Financial assistance is available both through RCS and CCC. Certification training courses include Forklift with General Industry Program, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Commercial Cleaning and Human Resource Development/Employment Readiness components! For more information, go to www.cravencc.edu/step.
Sunday Morning Shelter Meals: We welcome committed volunteers to cook for our shelter guests every Sunday morning from 8:30am – 9:45am every Sunday morning. We currently have volunteer groups who have signed up for the first through fourth Sundays of each month, but are looking for a group to cook on the fifth Sunday, which occur on the following days: January 31, May 29, July 31, and October 30. Please contact Sally Kidwell at 876.1718.
Transportation & Prescription Assistance: Vouchers are available upon arrival.
Warehouse Distribution: We accept food, clothing and household items at our warehouse daily. These items are distributed to those in need as required. Items frequently needed include canned goods; baby diapers, formula and food; school supplies; toiletries; clothes for all ages; coats; linens and towels (new or gently used); tables and chairs.