Reaching Out Community Services, Inc.

aka RCS Programs   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.rcsprograms.org

Mission

Reaching-Out Community Services leads the effort to eliminate hunger in our community by providing food, along with social services and solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment in a dignified manner.

Ruling year info

2001

Founder/ Executive Director

Thomas Neve

Main address

7708 New Utrecht Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA

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EIN

11-3615625

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Social Services

• Social Service assistance: as part of the intake process we counsel clients about social services such as Medicare, Medicaid, housing subsidies and other eligible benefits. We work on behalf of our clients by directly contacting the appropriate agencies. We assist each client, step by step, and fill out applications to receive benefits. Many of our clients are unaware of these benefits. We assist them in determining eligibility and applying for those benefits they are eligible for.

Population(s) Served

• Our “Digital Client Choice Food Pantry System”: is one-of-a-kind in the communities we serve. Shopping is done on a bilingual touch screen computer. Fresh produce, vegetarian and other healthy food items are part of our menu. This program allows our clients the opportunity to select their food items based on their dietary needs in a dignified private atmosphere instead of the common bagged programs. It results in eliminating food waste, a higher satisfaction with the food they are able to choose with less waste and ultimately less cost of food provided

Population(s) Served

• The Homeless Friend Program / Mobile Food Pantry: feeding the homeless throughout the Brooklyn community.

Population(s) Served

• Nutrition and Health Education: throughout the year RCS offers nutritional workshops staffed by a New York State certified nutritionist. These workshops can lead to a healthier lifestyle which includes: menu planning; recipes and food safety sessions; teaching individuals and parents how to prepare healthier meals; and helping establish good nutrition practices.

Population(s) Served

• Family Support Fund: is designed for the sole purpose of helping a family in need of Beds, Furniture, Clothes, essential emergency items, etc. This support provides the means and resources that families need to find a measure of comfort and stability in their time of hardship especially when other avenues of support are unavailable. Prior to any decision, all potential candidate homes will be visited upon to assure the legitimacy of the need.

Population(s) Served

• : RCS provides free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate income New Yorkers and information on the credits they may be entitled to. Our free tax services can be a significant step from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served

Summer Tutoring: available for students in grade levels 2-8.

Population(s) Served

• F.E.A.T. (Firsthand Emergency Action Team): this team deploys assistance to communities experiencing any form of emergency, as well as supporting disaster and recovery efforts, with food and supplies.

Population(s) Served

• Electronic Food Stamp Site: RCS participates in an electronic food stamp (SNAP) processing program to assist individuals and families apply for food stamps. RCS is pleased to be part of this innovative initiative geared toward increasing the number of eligible New Yorkers receiving much-needed food stamps.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Affiliations & memberships

Food Resource Bank - Implementing Member 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Totals By Year
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Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Goal is to continue to make wrong right. Those who are struggling to receive relief. Those who can't help themselves to have a place of hope. To continue to Keep The Good Going.

Our 31 year old organization has much experience is providing a place of hope through professionalism and dignity.
We continue to develop new innovative ideas to meet the demand of the services we provide to those who are financially disadvantaged.

Our motive is to secure caring people who have a passion to help neighbors in need.
We focus on proving charity with intelligence. Helping those who can't help themselves.

Providing proof that our efforts are worth supporting.

All main staff are trained. As long as we secure support, we will be able to continue our mission on move to the next needed level of service that calls for a need in the communities we serve.

All programs work well but suffer the needed financial support to maintain the increasing demand of services provided.

Financials

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Reaching Out Community Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Francine Russo

RCS

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/18/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability