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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

188 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Alice E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm on the board of the Northside Farmers' Market. We have a longstanding relationship with CAIN that has helped us implement a program of accepting SNAP benefits and offering Produce Perks to our lower income customers. Our neighborhood is currently a food desert, and our partnership with CAIN has helped us offer good quality food, creative recipes, and cooking training to people of ALL income levels.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters and I worked to help stock CAIN's shelves for their Christmas Angel event. This allows struggling families to come and "shop" for gifts for the holidays. CAIN does an amazing job of rallying people and businesses to provide a solid assortment of gifts for their guests to choose from. Our efforts involved sorting and shelving books. I remember what a pleasure it was to me to get a book at Christmas. It's wonderful to be able to help that happen for other families. CAIN strives, more than any other charity with which I've had contact, to treat the people who come through their door with respect and care. They empower their guests to wisely navigate difficult circumstances.

2 cyndiscraig

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have lived from one end of the country to the other and volunteered in many places. CAIN is, by far, my favorite. From its humble beginnings, it is absolutely amazing how it has grown under the quiet guidance of Mimi Chamberlain. I am honored to have been a part of this organization for a period of my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I have moved away from the state (live in San Diego) I still visit C.A.I.N. when I make a trip back home. They are always so gracious and welcoming to me even though they are usually very, very busy with clients. It reminds me of how gracious and welcoming they are to EVERYONE that steps across their threshold. C.A.I.N. has been in operation form many years yet their enthusiasm and respect for those in need is just as new and encompassing as they were in the early days. What a wonderful operation they run. I am glad to say I was a part of the C.A.I.N. family.....and still feel I am.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year ago I started volunteering at CAIN's food pantry. Every Tuesday I look forward to being with the other volunteers who are becoming my friends and assisting shoppers with their grocery needs. Everyone is treated with grace and smiles. The volunteers are happy to help and the guests are grateful for the opportunity to fill their pantry and feed their families. CAIN is a great place with great plans for the future!

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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2 Katie158

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer on Monday Nights at the food pantry. I really like how friendly the staff and other volunteers are, not only with the other volunteers but the clients as well. CAIN does an amazing job with pushing nutrition into the food pantry experience as well, which is rare for food pantries.

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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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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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3 Susan432

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'am so grateful for Cain worker's they are awesome people . I'am always greeted with a smile , they make me feel welcome and are very helpful in my pantry choices. They care about you and never look down on you for coming there when you need help.

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at CAIN for the last year has been a blessing to me because I'm able to reach out with the love of Christ within a well-run structure that is ever evolving and improving. The pantry provides healthy food, and goes out of its way to provide lots of fresh produce. The volunteers and staff go the second mile to listen and to learn from our guests. Some of our guests have told me that they came for the joyful interaction they experience as well as for the food. And I believe the volunteers feel the same way about our guests. CAIN is really a community in Christ.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always loved volunteering here. Getting the one-on-one interaction with each guest that came through, learning about their lives and stories, and being a part of their lives and helping them out has really broadened perspectives for me. My time at CAIN always brought me life and joy in being able to help feed families in the Cincinnati area.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and donor to CAIN for eight years. I can't think of a more important mission than making sure people get food, and healthy food, at that, when they need it. The volunteers work hard to provide healthy food. I am always amazed at the kindness and compassion shown to our guests when they visit CAIN. The atmosphere is so warm and welcoming for those who are going through difficult times. The staff at CAIN is cautious about making sure all the donations are used to fulfill the mission in a no-frills manner.

2 Alexander K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

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!