Essential Needs Assistance Program

Promoting financial stability at times of crisis.


Sexual violence impacts individuals and families from all income levels and socioeconomic backgrounds. For many survivors, sexual assault leads to unexpected expenses that may threaten financial stability. The trauma of sexual violence may also disrupt work activities or change family structures, causing a loss of income. After an assault and at other times of crisis, RCC offers immediate assistance to help survivors meet their basic needs. When these urgent concerns are addressed, clients can dedicate time and attention to the healing process. Individuals and families who would benefit from long-term essential needs support will work with RCC advocates to access services at community partner organizations.

Types of Assistance

  • Food: Clients are invited to select non-perishable items from our pantry. Our advocates can also help with grocery orders.
  • Clothing and Hygiene: Clothing bundles are available in a variety of sizes and styles, along with hygiene kits and period packs.
  • Utilities: Survivors may receive assistance paying their electric, water, phone, and/or internet bills to avoid service disruptions.
  • Transportation: To help survivors access services in the community, RCC offers local bus passes, Lyft rides, and assistance with gas costs.

Who is eligible to receive assistance?

  • Support is available for survivors of sexual violence and their household members.
  • Assistance is intended for RCC clients who are experiencing financial struggles, but there are no specific income guidelines.

How can I request assistance or refer someone to the program?

  • Prospective clients are encouraged to call us to schedule an intake appointment.
  • To meet urgent needs, support is available at our office on a walk-in basis during regular
    business hours.
  • Transportation to RCC’s office is available for new and returning clients.
  • For answers to any questions about the program, you can reach our 24-Hour Hotline at 210-349-7273 or through online chat.

Walk-In Crisis Services are available during office hours.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 am - 5 pm

You can reach us 24/7 at  (210) 349-7273 or use the Online Chat.

We’re here to help, and your safety is our priority. All calls and chats are answered by a trained advocate and are completely anonymous and confidential. Everyone is welcome to call or chat—not only survivors, but also their friends and family, as well as anyone with a question about sexual assault or how to support a survivor in their own lives.

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