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Churches Active in Northside

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Connecting our community to challenge poverty by feeding bodies and souls.

Results: In 2018, 1,065 different families of 1,464 adults and 871 children received food, personal care, household cleaning and other necessities through our Rainbow Choice Food Pantry. There were a total of 4710 visits which touched 10,577 people - nearly 20% of all residents who live in the 45223 area. On Monday evenings, on average 64 guests and 13 volunteers gathered at Phil’s Place for a nourishing meal – totaling nearly 3000 guests and over 5000 meals served. Our Grace Place Shelter, in cooperation with Interfaith Hospitality Network, welcomed 58 families of 65 adults and 97 children. Through it all, we are an oasis in the food desert and a shelter from life’s storms.

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 (Northside, Mt. Airy, South Cumminsville)

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

Community Stories

200 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) cares about every aspect of the lives of their neighbors. Food pantry, Grace Place, resources and information to improve your life is just the beginning of all CAIN does for the community. Please continue to support this exceptional organization.
I am honored to be associated with CAIN. Valerie Walker

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer intake person at CAIN, and have had the pleasure of checking in an immigrant lady from Central America almost every month for the past year. It has been very gratifying to see her progress from an cautious, unsure, person with language difficulties to an always smiling, confident, much improved English-speaking, happy person over the past year. I'm thankful for organizations like CAIN who are there to give people a hand up and make a difference. Bob M.

1 Taylor N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past tax season I volunteered at CAIN to help individuals file their taxes. The work this organization does is absolutely amazing! The residents of Northside (which is considered a food desert) are able to come here to get nutritious food, learn about services available to them, as well as get their taxes filed for free. CAIN is such a great part of the Northside community.

1 Becky R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with CAIN and seeing all the great work they do in Northside! Not only do they provide much needed assistance for their neighbors, but they work to build relationships between residents and strengthen the community as a whole.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at CAIN after graduating from university - and 7 years later, with the past 3 of those serving on CAIN's board, I count myself lucky to have come across this organization and to be able to contribute to their wonderful mission in my own small way.

CAIN is a grassroots, nutrition-based, choice food pantry that treats its guests as equals - each week, CAIN provides a free weekly community meal for anyone and everyone - thousands are served each year, and come together over a fresh nutritious meal. CAIN also operates its pantry three times a week, with an emphasis on healthy fresh produce - and there are always samples of fresh fruits and vegetables for guests to try!

But aside from the programs that have such a positive impact on our community, CAIN is rare in that it also CREATES community - treating everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve, and forging bonds between neighbors. CAIN is a very special place, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it.

1 Steve131

Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN has been helping residents of the 45223 zip code and surrounding communities for over 25 years with emergency food pantry and other services. CAIN staff and volunteers take a humane, hospitality-centered approach when encountering each guest. Love CAIN! Feeds bodies and souls!

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN is an amazing emergency assistance program that serves individuals and families in the community by providing basic needs ( food, personal hygiene items, household products and diapers). Services are provided by a very small but dedicated staff and huge number of equally dedicated volunteers. One on one assistance is also provided for needs like utility assistance, rent, housing, clothing or whatever family needs come up. A free community meal is offered once per week to engage guests in socializing, provide activities for children and offer additional resources to families. I have volunteered with CAIN over the years and proudly serve on their Board of Directors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is the heart and soul of our community. Neighbors helping neighbors. From choice food pantry to "choice holday shopping" CAIN treats consumers, donors and volunteers with respect and dignity. They care about leveraging resources and provide Benefit Bank assessment and sceening to extend financial supports beyond their pantry supplies/resources. Staff and compentent and well loved!

1 Ariel M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAIN is one of the most loving and effective nonprofits I’ve witnessed in over 25 years as a grant writer and/or foundation officer in Southern Ohio. CAIN welcomes neighbors as family and has always found new ways to help them build stability and health.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a handyman/volunteer with CAIN for about 15yrs has opened my eyes and heart to help another human being. The love and care for others goes to the next level. Food, Fellowship, Fun, For All, is a weekly event. Week after week never missing a beat! Simply Love at it finest! It has been an honor to serve and grow within this community as they do continue to grow. Garden On!❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best neighborhood food pantry I’ve EVER known! I was the Service Coordinator at McAuley High School, and for 20 years, CAIN was one of our girls’ favorite places to volunteer! They do such a great job of engaging all ages of the community! Any project or collection of food and items that our students did for CAIN was above-and-beyond appreciated by CAIN, and that goes a long way with young people getting involved and trying to do good in their communities. Now at Mercy McAuley High School, I continue to keep my students aware of his great treasure in our area. Personally, I have found CAIN so accommodating when I have kitchen items or other donations to donate. I can always trust that what I donate will be put straight to good use. And Mimi, Cathy, Cheryl, or any other volunteer there will be so cheerful and encouraging as I show up. They even helped when my own family was looking to be matched with a family in need for Christmas to help out with presents and much needed items. CAIN really knows how to use their resources well and engage the community in which they live and work. They never turn away a helping hand or a hand in need. I LOVE CAIN!! Gina Keith

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is all about putting the needs of the community first and making sure people feel welcome! As a volunteer and intern, I grew a ton while serving at CAIN!

2 Linda

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at CAIN for many many years. I am so proud to be part of their mission. They treat their guests with so much respect, concern and love. They are also fabulous stewards of the donations they receive (both in-kind and monetary).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer and helped as a shopper and also doing intake on the computer. The dignity shown to those receiving help is amazing. People are treated as valued and respected customers. The staff is dedicated and caring and always makes time to listen. You can tell they care for each individual.

1 Aaron L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful people at CAIN for two years and I loved every second of being a part of this team! This organization is a beacon of hope to the entire community and has blessed the lives of so many!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at CAIN for four years. The staff and other volunteers are pleasant and always ready to assist the guests. CAIN Choice Pantry fills a great need in Northside. I am proud to be associated with an organization with such a sincere mission and wonderful people to carry it out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


I am very proud to be a Rainbow Pantry volunteer at CAIN. The guests are always treated warmly and with respect Helping them to choose canned goods, personal and cleaning items, meat and fresh produce in that atmosphere is very rewarding to the volunteers. As a donor, a volunteer and a former board member, I can state that CAIN is definitely a nonprofit with hospitality, integrity and a huge heart for the residents of Northside.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm always amazed by the commitment & devotion of the staff while serving the public during the food pantry hours each week. As a volunteer to pick up donations each week, I truly enjoy doing my part.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very fortunate to have found the CAIN pantry as a place to volunteer. It is a very welcoming place that is dedicated to helping people in need and treating them with respect and dignity. And I've been very blessed to be able to get to know and work with all the people here, both our guests and my fellow volunteers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been coming to CAIN for 5 yrs. The program supplements putting food on my family's table! Without my coming to CAIN, it would really be hard to feed my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been coming to CAIN for over 10 yrs and in coming here, I've been helped tremendously with services, i.e., medical, food assistance and rental assistance. Another good thing about CAIN is that they help feed & clothe people in need and also offer church services. People are friendly, nice & professional.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

I know CAIN has been a blessing to me and my 5 children as a single parent. They even gave us 2 months' rent on 2 occasions. They help us with food and supplies & needed household items.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at CAIN has been amazing as a volunteer! I felt immediately welcomed by all staff and saw how the "attitude" of giving and support was threaded throughout the organization. I truly enjoy being a shopper and helping customers through the experience. I also enjoy the flexible volunteer hours which allow me to volunteer outside of work. I'm thankful for CAIN and I want to see it continue to thrive. It is truly making an impact in the community!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I've been a client of CAIN for over 15 yrs. CAIN has helped my entire immensely with food, food that we normally would not be able to buy, like fresh produce, and we totally enjoy it now. Plus quality meat! They even help with medications. And they helped me get back into college with book expenses. My granddaughter looks forward to my coming to CAIN for the neat little treats! They rarely say No to any request. One thing I enjoy it their allowing me to volunteer myself and thus, lets me Give Back to their Mission. I believe all clients should volunteer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired after 42 yrs of teaching and still volunteer teach and also enjoy volunteering here at CAIN to Make a Difference. I attend the North Presbyterian Church who introduced me to CAIN and enjoy the experience of intake. They get to know us and we, them. It's been enlightening and fun to meet other people. We are part of a team to make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been coming for 11 yrs. I adopted a baby and my children were grown & out. CAIN helped get a baby bed and clothing from the Love Share program nearby. My baby has grown up with CAIN.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been coming since 2008 to CAIN and it's been a great experience! When I get my SSI disability, this is good place to come and get supplies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I like CAIN because they are very nice and help anyone who needs help. I've been coming here about 4 yrs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been coming to CAIN for 4 yrs. I am a grandmother with custody of 3 grandkids and it has provided food & other supplies to help. The people here are very caring & so nice.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for CAIN and have been active in CAIN for almost two years. CAIN has enriched my life in so many ways. I have found that I get as much from our guests as I give to them. Being involved in the CAIN CAFE, I get to help them find nutritious options in their daily eating.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have enjoyed assisting the guests when they come to shop at the Food Pantry. I've also enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers who show care and compassion for everyone. If you want to volunteer for a nonprofit that appreciates its volunteers and strives to continue to improve services for the less fortunate CAIN is the place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN goes beyond giving food because of how we treat guests. We work to treat all guests with dignity. It's not just food. It is emotional, spiritual, financial support. I had a guest tell me that she woke up depressed, but she came to CAIN because it made her feel better. We pay attention. We are a community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been coming here for years. I see people from the neighborhood -great people! They have really helped a lot. I am thankful for the help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Today is my first day. It has been good so far. I am here to use the food pantry. It is a great place with nice people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

love it! on time for business. respecful. fast and never run out of items i needed

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Client Served

Rating: 5

this is a good place for people that are struggling with things in life this place gives the community opportunity with not just food support in every day life

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Client Served

Rating: 5

it was great experience. People were very nice - genuinely! The food was great and had plenty. The environment was friendly. That makes a huge difference. I loved it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I"ve been to Cain many times and always found the people very kind and receptive. The products were well needed and I am thankful that they are here to help.