Churches Active in Northside

Rating: 4.99 stars   119 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services, Religion, Economic Development

Location: 4230 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati OH 45223 USA

Mission: CAIN is a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community.
Results: In 2011, CAIN provided over 1359 unduplicated households of 2011 adults and 1573 children with emergency assistance. We provided food and hygiene items to over 4200 households. Over 2800 – nearly 65% - received special assistance like diapers, bus tokens, rent or utility help, fans, air conditioners, birthday gifts, birth certificates, state ids and prescriptions and vegetable container gardens. Over 900 households were referred for furniture, baby items, or other services.
Geographic areas served: 45223 zipcode of Cincinnati, OH
Programs: CAIN's Rainbow Choice Food Pantry provides low-income individuals and families with basic necessities like food; emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities; household and hygiene items; diapers; transportation assistance and referrals for furniture and baby items. CAIN meets with each person individually to assess situation and offer support, encouragement and guidance.
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I spoke with a woman who visited CAIN for the Christmas Angel program who said: "If it wasn't for CAIN, I think I'd be on the street." She said she gets food, bus tokens, advice on how to get help, encouragement, a shoulder and an ear. I choose to help at CAIN because these folks are true Christians. I've seen them be gentle, loving and giving even in very difficult situations. CAIN is active in Northside; I live in Northside. I give now to help; who knows - I may be the one who needs help next year. CAIN is very important to us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my volunteer efforts. I choose to continue volunteering because I'm so impressed with CAIN.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get ahead of the immediate needs to invest some money for the future.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way they treat people. The people who come needing help are called guests and friends and treated as such.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gentle, loving, kind. These are Christians I can believe in.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide food, coats, household items to all the folks who come. No one would have to be turned away. They could also set up a way to invest some to use when the cupboards are bare and the needs are great.

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't so busy. More and more people are volunteering and the times I'm free, they often have enough volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

structural needs that will come up in the years to come. The building is old and things break down from time to time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

These people don't waste anything they're given. Overhead is low, and a lot is done by volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have served on CAINs Board and Fundraising Committee for two years as a Community Member. We have served so many "guests" that the impact is immeasurable. Especially this year, with the current economy, it is so essential to be able to provide nutrition, household essentials and especially an ear to listen and shoulder to lean on. There have been numerous examples of our "guests" getting back on their feet and returning to volunteer for CAIN to provide the same service and outreach that was provided to them. CAIN is truly a blessin to many.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly empathic. They give so much more than is necessary. Our clients are treated as our guests and they feel the difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

This is a fabulous organization that helps so many people in the community. And it is a very selfless organization that honestly just wants to help. I have worked with many of the people in the organization and they are always very plesant to work with, and I know that they help so so many people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Mimi is fantastic. And she always has good ideas for the future.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

solve poverty in the area. Quite likely they could.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have taken my daughter's scout troop to work at CAIN the past three years. Our girls have learned, through CAIN, that everyone counts, any one can go through rough times and also to treat each other with respect. They work hard to meet the needs of our communit!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with their staff and clients in the food pantry.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at CAIN and see how amazing the organization is. Each staff treats the individuals who walk in the door with respect and love. CAIN is the BEST!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching mothers, fathers, and children smile and interact with openness and hope.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have seen CAIN provide great services to the community. It really has helped a lot of people who just need a little help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing people that I have sent there, receive the help that they need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

They are very visible and involved in the community all year round — through their services and outreach, they help many, many people. CAIN makes good use of their donations, with 95% going towards client services. I feel good knowing that such a high percentage of my donations goes towards helping those who are in need.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing how many people's lives are improved through CAIN's services and outreach.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

When I volunteer at CAIN, I feel like I am changing the world. There is a clear difference in my life this year and I owe alot of it to CAIN. The staff is truly dedicated and I find compassion in each of them. I have taken my children with me and they are learning what it means to have a heart open to love and giving. CAIN is 5 stars in my book.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I think being at CAIN is infectious, I have learned alot from the staff and the community from volunteering there. I have opened my heart to giving of myself.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being around the staff. They have a strong work ethic and a charitable heart.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People of all walks of life. All ages and races of people. They all have the same goal and that is to come together to make a difference in their community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Grow and help surrounding communities. There are so many people in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Cain is an exceptional orgazination. The ratio of money given to money spent is very high., meaning 95% or better is actually given away to the needy. Not overberaing for requests and definately very friendly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal reward

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

non overbearing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

better servr our community than any goverment program no red tape here.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I first became aware of CAIN through the Secret Angel program which provides Christmas presents and household gifts to families in need. I was so impressed with the work they do that I began making regular donations to their other programs, which help with needs like rent and utilities, fans in the summer, and school supplies. I cannot say enough positive things about this organization. They treat every person with kindness and respect and are run with the utmost efficiency and good sense.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

dealing with such loving people and seeing first hand how so many benefit from their work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all ages, men and women, and genuinely seemed to love what they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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