Churches Active in Northside

Rating: 4.99 stars   161 reviews

Address:

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 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.

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513.591.2246
www.cainministry.org

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Reviews for Churches Active in Northside

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I'm the Community-Owner board representative for a cooperatively owned neighborhood grocery store getting ready to open in the neighborhood. We are working VERY closely with CAIN to ensure that the benefits of cooperative ownership of the grocery store reach the disadvantaged populations that CAIN serves. And now, before we open, we are working with CAIN and the Northside Farmer's Market to help get fresh and healthy food to the transportation challenged individuals in the neighborhood.

CAIN does amazing work in MANY areas and we are lucky to partner with them in the areas we can help.

 
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This local charity is SUCH an asset to my community. They regularly bring awareness of need without guilt (for givers or receivers). I think this encourages donations and helps receivers avoid stigmatization. They also make it easy to give and have come up with some amazing ideas. For example they hand out flyers at the community council once a month that lists items needed for that month's "drive". (November's title was "Everything but the turkey" and asked for a reusable bag filled with 1 can of beans or peas, 1 can of greens, 1 can of cranberry sauce, 1 box of instant potatoes, 1 box of biscuit or muffin mix, 1 can of gravy, 1 roll of paper towels and 1 box of stuffing) (May-"Spring Cleaning" was a reusable bag with 1 laundry detergent, 1 dish soap, paper towels, dish cloths, kitchen towel, 1 box baking soda, vinegar --they printed instructions on how to use it as floor and window cleaner) This tells me exactly what they want/need and when to drop it off by. They've also partnered with the farmer's market and have a booth for people (market attendees and vendors) to donate fresh produce from the market. After the market they immediately hand it out to neighborhood families waiting back at their building. Also, frequently on farmers market days and neighborhood festival days (4th of July parade) they sell hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie dogs, veggie burgers and sodas at their location. At these donors and receivers interact without prejudices. No one really knows who is there for which purpose. It's really nice.

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

seeing happy faces leave their facility

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

Not change a thing! They're awesome!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

CAIN plays an important role serving the community, especially those in need. I see them every week t the farmers market, collecting produce donations and providing fresh food to clients at the pantry. Thanks for all you do.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

They are helping in the neighborhood in a large variety of ways and have continued to change their role at the needs change.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

CAIN is dedicated to improving the lives of people in my community and they do an amazing job of carrying out their mission. CAIN is action oriented and maintains an impressive pace in their actions. People are being served daily and it's being done in a professional yet personal way that inspires those around them.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

CAIN serves the Northside community with compassion and holistic care through relationships, and practical service which meets people's immediate needs. Volunteers and staff honor all people's dignity in the way they have designed and implemented their pantry, tax filing, community meals and garden, and shelter programs. Those involved with CAIN are an inspired community with generous hearts; creative, progressive, and open-minded toward CAIN's expanding vision and mission to serve Northside and beyond. I am proud and thankful to know and participate with CAIN!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

From my experience the mission of CAIN is vitally important for the people of the community. And the mission is being accomplished. More to be done of course. The director, board & staff are top quality in my view. Hope is continually raised in the community through the work of CAIN

 
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CAIN doesn't just serve as an emergency mission, it's a part of the community, providing neighborhood dinners, having a presence at the farmer's market, and engaging all members of the community from volunteer appreciation parties to offering maps during the neighborhood garage sale. They go above and beyond in all aspects of their outreach and are a testament to how a neighborhood nonprofit should operate.

 
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As a former volunteer at CAIN, I can attest to the critically important work they do. Not only do they provide food to those in need, but also assistance in how to get utility bills paid, or where to find housing, and maybe just as importantly, a sympathetic ear to listen. These people are vital to this community, and Cincinnati in general.

 
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I have been volunteering at CAIN every Tuesday for three years. Each time I step through their doors, I am gratified to realize that such a place exists...where volunteers, both young and old, from all walks of life, are willing to give of their time or lend an ear to others who have fallen on hard times. There's a satisfaction and joy in knowing that in some small way we do make a difference. It's the right thing to do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I volunteer at CAIN every week and have seen firsthand what this organization means to folks in need. Some we see every month, some just come once or twice and we don't see them again. But the important thing is that CAIN is there for them and they can count on a place to go for not only food and household provisions, but an ear to listen and understanding hearts ready to do whatever is needed to make their lives a little easier.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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I have been a volunteer and a donor, and always my experience at CAIN has been wonderful! Volunteering opportunities are well organized and everyone has fun. As a donor, I get frequent, but informative and creative, email updates. I always know what's going on at CAIN, and feel like they are making a real difference to many, many people.

Thant's my review! Go CAIN!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former volunteer at CAIN and being involved with a local church through St. Vincent de Paul, I know that without CAIN many people in the neighborhood would go hungry. Their Choice Pantry provides many neighbors with needed food, personal items, soap, and even school supplies. All the staff here are friendly and helpful, many go out of their way to find "special" items for some clients.

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

get them more money so they can expand and provide more. Christmas is the saddest as they have to limit how many children they can assist due to lack of funding.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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6 people found this review helpful

This is a much needed service for this area of Cincinnati. As much as several churches donate financially to assist keeping this pantry open, the slow economy has decreased the donations the churchs receive causing a reduction in what C.A.I.N. can offer needy families. All the staff here are caring and many times go out of their way to assist someone in need.

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

our church's ministry project to assist those in need with household items such as a bed or table.

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

The caring people who work and volunteer here, and the clients who are so grateful for the help.

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

all great people just trying to help their fellow man.

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

go on forever helping needy families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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