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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

174 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN ought to be in the dictionary under care! Each and everyday the house is full of volunteers and staff who's purpose is to treat the persons in need with respect and tenderness while trying to fill their needs. Smiles abound and I know some troubled thoughts are vanquished.
Anyone who is thinking about finding a place, either for your time or some of your hard earned dollars--this would be the place.
Most Sincerely,
Rian Keller

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In our neighborhood- Northside- CAIN is everywhere the community gathers. They are an immersive presence with their programs, services and accessibility. We love and honor CAIN.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If I could rate this organization with more than 5 starts I certainly would. Having worked in the nonprofit world and been a board member of several organizations I can unambiguously celebrate the mission driven, client focused work that CAIN does in the community. Top to bottom they are true servants to their clients and welcome those they serve with respect and compassion while remaining centered around assisting with basic needs. As a volunteer I look forward to making my small contribution every week.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful and collaborative ministry that serves its community with passion, compassion and generosity. Every dollar given to this ministry is used wisely, not only to assist with needs, but to help those in need address the root causes of that need.

1 Monica76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I walk down the street in Northside with my CAIN T-shirt on, I get so many people coming up to me to praise CAIN and to tell me what good work CAIN does. When I mention CAIN to anyone even outside of Northside, I am told that CAIN is a fantastic organization. Its reputation for serving guests without judgment or prejudice is a blessing in a world where people often go to social service agencies and are faced with a long line and strict regulations, and an "us vs. them" perception between those serving and those being served. I'm so proud to be associated with CAIN!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support CAIN because they provide dignity to guests they serve. They are thoughtful about what guests need and also consider carefully the best way to deliver goods and services with compassion. I appreciate the education they offer to donors and volunteers. In addition, they are leaders in the local community, by anchoring innovative partnerships, such as with the local farmer's market. They have excellent partnerships with local businesses, who in turn support their efforts to serve those in need. I feel my dollars are very well spent when I give to CAIN!

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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.

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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!!

Previous Stories

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had trouble making ends meet for all of my adult life, and for eight of the nine years that I've lived in Northside, I've visited CAIN's food pantry almost every month. They've helped me stretch my grocery budget when I've had some money and helped me to stave off starvation when I haven't. I'm looking forward to visiting tomorrow morning as I write this, and that anticipated opportunity to receive free food has figured into how I planned meals this month.

The volunteers and staff are friendly and helpful and have made me feel welcome even when I've felt guilty for being a regular relying on charity. In the past few years, since the food pantry switched to a Choice Pantry and began working with the FreeStore FoodBank and Northside Farmer's Market to provide more fresh produce, I've noticed a pronounced improvement over the nutritive value of the meals I can make from the ingredients I've obtained there.

There was one instance in which CAIN enlisted me as a helper when they paid to have some renovation done and I've volunteered at times when I've been able to. I'm afraid I've allowed myself to become something of a hermit in recent years, but CAIN has kept the plight of the unemployed and poorly-paid visible by being located on Northside's main drag, Hamilton Avenue, next to the big old Presbyterian Church where community events are often held and across from the Public Library. While I remain hopeful that I'll be able to work my way back to self-sufficiency and I intend to, if I manage to achieve this accomplishment, I will owe CAIN the wherewithal to survive when I was unable to provide food for myself and an example of people who persevere in service to others with patience and kindness year after year.

1 Jennifer412

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are great people at cain and very nice and helpful when i need help wit food i love going there always make you comfortable loving people

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.....