The RCS Story
In 1967, fifteen local congregations of varying faiths and ethnicities came together to provide help & hope for people in need. Pinellas County grew, and with it grew the demand and the need for a helping hand. Eager to lend a helping hand, these congregations found themselves with fewer resources to serve a growing population. Determined to make a difference, these leaders studied the needs of the community and pooled their resources to provide efficient, secular services to the people of Pinellas County. Together they founded Religious Community Services, or RCS.
As Pinellas County Continued to grow, so did RCS, expanding and diversifying to meet the needs of the community. Results showed that the services RCS provided made a difference, and many more congregations and volunteers joined the efforts, each one wanting to build a better community. RCS focused on serving individuals and families with dignity, helping them along the path to self-sufficiency.
That focus remains strong today as RCS directs resources to people facing hunger, homelessness, domestic violence and basic needs. RCS has evolved into a cooperative of professional staff members, integral volunteers and partnering faith congregations delivering reliable services to those most vulnerable in Pinellas County. RCS continues to use research, communication and best practices to be a premier community based agency providing help & hope to people in need.