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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

17 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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of Northside Farmers Market and a resident of Northside, I've seen the great work CAIN has done in the realm of food access. I am thankful to be a member of a community that serves it's citizens as diligently as the folks at CAIN.

3 Claire Darley

Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN food pantry has been "practicing" service to people in need in Northside for over 25 years. Though the needs of residents have remained similar over that time, the range of goods and services that CAIN provides has expanded enormously to include free tax preparation, free haircuts, demos and tasting of recipes made from available produce, enormous choices among healthy foods and hygiene products, links and access to assistance with rent, utilities, medicaid, EBT cards, job training within greater Cincinnati, and a Christmas gift selection opportunity for about 400 families. CAIN also provides a "voice" in community decisions, for those experiencing poverty, through its participation in the Farmer Market, Apple Street Market, Community Council, Business Association and the monthly articles in Northsider newspaper. CAIN has earned enormous support from residents contributing monthly and annually, financially and in volunteer hours. CAIN is a food pantry and a crisis ministry center, welcoming guests with respect and ever-expanding, forward thinking services.
CAIN's support by United Way is an acknowledgement of the numerous ways CAIN supports guests through and out of poverty.
Sometimes I consider volunteering somewhere else, but when I count all the ways CAIN is a gift of love and empowerment to hundreds of children and adults, no other opportunity to serve compares.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For over 15 years I have volunteered at CAIN and have been a Board member for 4 years. Of NorthChurch mission partners, CAIN is the largest recipient of our funding. CAIN serves an absolutely crucial role in our community, providing a measure of food security, and also as a place of trust for guests to unburden themselves through prayer and compassionate listening. A spirit of creativity and hope flows from our Executive Director and staff through to volunteers and cycles back to us from the appreciation and acknowledgement of the guests. Love is alive at CAIN!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Valerie Walker and I am a proud board member of CAIN (Churches Active in Northside). I discovered CAIN when my church was located in Northside thirteen years ago. The need to not only feed people, but empower them to feed themselves was why I became personally involved. One visit to Phil's Place, the community meal, or the pantry will change your perspective about how necessary this service is to our neighbors, neighborhood and city.

2 Steve131

Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN is a fabulous organization that provide food and other emergency assistance to neighbors in need in the Northside community. More than that--its cadre of staff and volunteers provide love, a listening ear, a friendly smile, a warm hug, for hundreds of individuals and families who benefit as much from knowing that someone cares about them as from the actual material support. CAIN Cares!!!

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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great non-profit in a dynamic neighborhood. Really grounded in the spirit of Matthew 25. I am proud to be a member and volunteer. Our church--Clifton United Methodist Church--loves to work with CAIN!

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2

Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN is an extraordinary place. Community members that come to get food at the pantry are treated individually, like guests, with dignity and respect. Time is taken to understand each guest's situation and see what other services and/or referrals can be offered. Everyone at CAIN cares!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CAIN for about 10 years. I started giving at Christmas to the Secret Angel Program and then began volunteering weekly. CAIN helps so many individuals not just with food, but also with just a kind word, or a listening ear.
After many years of being involved, I am now a Board member. It is so fulfilling to see what CAIN does to help individuals in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN makes an amazing difference in the lives of many people, not just guests who come there for services, but volunteers from churches, school groups, and the neighborhood. CAIN is an outstanding example and advocate for the Beloved Community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've watched CAIN grow in it's impact on the people it serves, the churches who provide the backbone of support for CAIN and the community over the past 15 years. CAIN's success has come from the can-do, God-trusting, people-loving character of its leadership.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with CAIN for several years as a board member. CAIN is an amazing organization that does many great things for the Northside community. The staff and volunteers do an extraordinary job making every guest feel both welcome and appreciated. It is truly an honor to be able to serve with such a great group of people.

Debbie G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been my joy and blessing to be a part of the CAIN corp of Volunteers for the last twelve years. I have done a variety of things, including chairing the board for eight years, pantry volunteer, shopper, errand person, general support for staff and other volunteers, chaplain and many, many more. I have always been impressed by their dedication to helping all members of the community who are in need and work very hard to keep all decisions based on guest (we don't call them clients) needs. I am also impressed with the very impressive ratio of staff to volunteers. There are only three, part-time professionals, and yet they recruit, coordinate, schedule and supervise an incredible group of volunteers that often minister to over 400 families in a month.