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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Religion

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 2015, CAIN provided critical necessities to 1,176 households – over 23% of all the 12,147 people who live in the 45223 area. Our Choice Pantry provided food and hygiene items over 4,600 times. Households visited an average of 4.43 times a year to choose food, including fresh produce; household, hygiene and baby items. There were a total of 5,204 visits which touched 13,378 people. Seven women were housed at Grace Place shelter. Phil’s Place volunteers and staff organized free meals on 51 Mondays serving an average of 80 people weekly. Through it all, we prayed with hundreds of guests, dried thousands of tears, and served countless cups of coffee.

Target demographics: low-income and under-resourced households at or below 200% of the poverty level

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 families each month with food, shelter and/or other essentials.

Geographic areas served: 45223 zipcode of Cincinnati, OH

Programs: Rainbow Choice Food Pantry; Phil's Place weekly community meal and Grace Place Shelter for women and children.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand how effectively CAIN extends Grace in remarkable, tangible ways to everyone who walks thru the door. Guest needs and experience alway drive services that are creatively delivered to make sure this consistently happens. Volunteers and guests find common ground in the midst of difficult circumstance to celebrate each other in the Northside community. Not an easy thing to do...in our increasingly complex many times inequitable world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN continues to dig deeper and find creative, impactful ways to serve the needs of those most vulnerable in Northside. It is an integral part of the unique culture that makes Northside, 'Northside'. The experience of serving at CAIN has been life informing and rewarding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering since 2010 and there is no better place to experience the love of God. The staff and volunteers exudes God's love as they minister to the needs of the community. It is wonderful seeing the smiles on the face of those that walk through our doors as they leave and hear their grateful feedback. In addition to taking care of the needs of those who come to CAIN, they also minister to those who are shut-in with no decrease in service. I love it here!!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Why is CAIN wonderful??? Because they treat their guests with respect, compassion and love. And they are careful and prudent stewards of any donations they receive, whether monetary or in kind. It is a place of warmth, safety, dignity and hope

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cain is the best. I love Cain. Cain is rhe best place to Volunteer and i love helping the people that works there and the people that goes to shop. Cain has helped me a lot. I've been blessed by Cain.

Stefan3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After interning at CAIN for the summer, I have a great respect for everyone who volunteers and works here. I learned much about CAIN’s central role in the community and all of their programs. They’re helping to promote proper nutrition and food access in a community in which many people lack easy access to conventional grocery stores. Every person in the organization is truly compassionate towards everyone who walks through the door. I have seen many instances of the staff helping people outside of operating hours. They desire to selfishly serve others, even if it comes at an inconvenience. The people here are as a whole respectful, compassionate, and have a deep love for the community and anyone who walks in and I have been blessed with the experience of working with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is a warm and wonderful place to get assistance and a smile from volunteers who love what they do. I have had the pleasure of being involved with this agency for more than 25 years. I have seen the needs of the guests grow from serving about 50 households monthly to over 350. They do what they can and give a hand up to those in need. I am blessed more by giving my time to this agency than I could ever have wished!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a guest served by CAIN as well as a volunteer and a general member of the public. I now have the privilege to be a donor and give back to an agency that has helped me in the past.

CAIN makes a difference in the life of the community with each guest that is served.
Serving the guests with a choice pantry gives the guest the best experience and allows each person choices available to them according to their medical and dietary needs.

It is my pleasure to give to an agency who gives dignity to each person who they serve. You can tell that the volunteer love giving of their time and serving the people who come to get needed food, diapers and other baby items as well as household and hygiene products. Many of these things may not be purchased with their food stamps.

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Venshay A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past July I has the privilege of welcoming my one year anniversary of my time at CAIN as a student worker through the University of Cincinnati. The staff and volunteers of CAIN has made my time there wonderful and encouraging. Every single member of the CAIN team welcomes the guest and volunteers with respect, humility, understanding, patience and kindness. Their willingness to serve and inspire hope to the community, has certainly made an everlasting impact on the neighborhood of Northside. Being at CAIN, in the presence of the pure love and generosity of its people, I am massively inspired to be just as giving and loving. CAIN is not only a blessing to the people of Northside, but also to every organization, school, university, or program it partners with to introduce their philosophy of what it truly means to transform lives and inspire hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continually hear from CAIN's guests that it is just the nicest place with folks who take their time to listen and empathize with them. CAIN attends to their food needs, their spiritual needs and their need to be treated like valuable human beings. CAIN volunteers are always on the lookout for others services or agencies that can fill the gaps in their lives.
CAIN volunteers also remind the guests of CAIN's weekly hot meal service and the guest can apply for SNAP or get their federal and/or state taxes done there at no cost. This has also saved many guests hundreds of dollars each.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being part of the community at CAIN! Yes, it is volunteer service but, most important to me, I am part of a community of people who truly enjoy spending time together. More than a year after I first met them, the staff and other volunteers greet me as if I, too, am a beloved guest in their world. I may not come to the door in need of food but, most certainly, I come in need of the hospitality - the welcome, the kindness, the generosity - offered to every person who comes through CAIN's doors. Their response to each person both humbles and strengthens me: each of us, no matter who we are or why we are at the door, matters. We are, each of us, loved at CAIN.

Pamela85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with C.A.I.N. since 1992, when it was still called the "Northside Food Pantry". A LOT has changed over the years, but it has all been GOOD! The community of Northside is fortunate to have a place where they can get so much help in one place! It's not just about the food - it's about caring....& personal hygiene products... It's about compassion....& knowing someone is praying for you... It's about patience.....& someone helping to fill out the tax forms you could not do for yourself.... It's about warmth....& being able to get clothes for your family..... It's about kindness....& help with a resume' so you can get back to work & on your feet.... It's about love....something every client who visits C.A.I.N. experiences from the time the enter the door until they leave.....