Youth participating in the RCS program can be court ordered or required as a component of a diversion or deferral agreement to either pay or earn restitution owed to their victims, do a specific amount of community service hours, or both. Youth report to the Haven House Services administrative offices on Saturdays and are assigned to a work group to perform their hours at nonprofit organizations throughout Wake County. Team Leaders monitor youth and work side by side providing support and teaching work skills. When the group assignment does not work for youth and their families, the program will try to locate individual placements in the community. Youth have the opportunity to learn important lessons about responsibility and accountability.
Common worksites for youth and team leaders include the Food Bank of NC, Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Mobile Market, Wake County and the City of Raleigh Park Systems, Neighborhood Thrift Stores, Oak City Outreach, and a number of therapeutic horse farms such as Hope Reins, Horse and Buddy and Corral. Youth have the opportunity to learn about local resources and partner with other volunteer groups benefiting the community.
RCS accepts referrals and coordinates supervised community service opportunities for youth ages 7-17, as ordered by Juvenile Court, Alliance’s Wake Teen Diversion Program and Teen Court. Hours for the Saturday Work groups are 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.
No fee for service; families do need to provide transportation to the Cabarrus Street Office both for drop off and pick up.