The Help You Need

Need help? You’re not alone! A recent study of college students found 42% were food insecure, 46% housing insecure, 12% homeless and half struggle just to get enough to eat. There is help — from counseling to the free student food pantry to complimentary shower and laundry service available on campus.

Basic Needs Resource Center

The Basic Needs Resource Center is available to all RCC students who feel they are in need. We define NEED as a situation where students are faced with financial challenges and would otherwise have limited resources to supplement their meals. Our goal is to help supplement basic needs and promote sustainability for overall student wellness and success.  

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Healthcare and Crisis Assistance

You are not alone. From health concerns to support when you’re not feeling well or vulnerable or in crisis, as part of the RCC community you have access to the services and education you need to maintain your well-being to succeed in college. On campus, or in Riverside, you have access to everything from confidential checkups, immunizations, low cost prescriptions, crisis intervention and counseling.


Community and Campus Savings

As a student or employee of RCC you can take advantage of discounts and offers we have negotiated on your behalf from our corporate partners — enjoy discounted tickets to theme parks, a break on your coffee or even savings on a haircut.

Discounts and Savings

More Resources for Students

Food, toiletries, showers, laundry service, and school supplies are just some of what you can find, free of charge, at the RCC Resource Center. Managed by students on the second floor of Bradshaw, you can visit Monday through Friday, 9 am-4 pm to either get or learn how to get what you need.

For laundry service, please contact, John Garcia in Wheelock Gym Room 111 or call (951) 490-5779 to arrange a time.

RCC Food Grant and CalFresh/2-1-1 Community Connect 

  • Working and receiving financial aid often isn’t enough to cover food and housing. Attending college and completing your degree will promote future economic self-sufficiency, but you need help now. 
  • You can also complete the CalFresh Online Application (see documentation requirements below).  
  • For questions/appointments, call 2-1-1 or 800-464-1123. You can also visit the Basic Needs Resource Center room 104A and ask for Benjamin Vargas or call (951) 328-3777 for more information or for help in completing your application. 

Deborah Hall, Ed.D. 
Bradshaw Building, Room 207 
(951) 222-8572  

Guardian Scholars & Foster Youth Specialist 
Jeremy Johnson 
Business Education Building, Room 110 
(951) 222-8251  
Student Activities
(951) 222-8570

Student Financial Services
Manuel Gray
Kane Student Building, First Floor
(951) 222-8756

Student Health Services & Psychological Services 
Renee Martin-Thornton, PH. D. 
Bradshaw Building, Below the Bookstore 
(951) 222-8151  

TRIO Student Support Services 
Kane Student Building 
(951) 222-8312 ​ 

The Riverside community is rich in support services, including: 
Operation Safe House 
9685 Hayes Street 
(951) 351-4418  
Youth Opportunity Center 
3695 Chestnut Street 
(951) 826-2272  
Salvation Army Downtown 
3595 First Street 
(951) 784 4490 

When You Need a Ride


Free RTA Bus Trips

Download the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) GoMobile app to ride anywhere RTA travels. Traveling begins the first fay of the term for registered students. See RTA Go-Pass Program for more info. 



lyft car service

Discount on Lyft Use

Start by requesting a ride using the app (available for Android and iPhone iOS. To receive your discount use Promo Code GLOW25 where it says apply credit under payment section.