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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken my daughter's scout troop to work at CAIN the past three years. Our girls have learned, through CAIN, that everyone counts, any one can go through rough times and also to treat each other with respect. They work hard to meet the needs of our communit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at CAIN and see how amazing the organization is. Each staff treats the individuals who walk in the door with respect and love. CAIN is the BEST!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen CAIN provide great services to the community. It really has helped a lot of people who just need a little help.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

They are very visible and involved in the community all year round — through their services and outreach, they help many, many people. CAIN makes good use of their donations, with 95% going towards client services. I feel good knowing that such a high percentage of my donations goes towards helping those who are in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I volunteer at CAIN, I feel like I am changing the world. There is a clear difference in my life this year and I owe alot of it to CAIN. The staff is truly dedicated and I find compassion in each of them. I have taken my children with me and they are learning what it means to have a heart open to love and giving. CAIN is 5 stars in my book.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cain is an exceptional orgazination. The ratio of money given to money spent is very high., meaning 95% or better is actually given away to the needy. Not overberaing for requests and definately very friendly.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of CAIN through the Secret Angel program which provides Christmas presents and household gifts to families in need. I was so impressed with the work they do that I began making regular donations to their other programs, which help with needs like rent and utilities, fans in the summer, and school supplies. I cannot say enough positive things about this organization. They treat every person with kindness and respect and are run with the utmost efficiency and good sense.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN does an incredible job for families in this community and beyond, with an incredibly small committed staff. Mimi Chamberlain and Cathy Graham have led this agency to be quite a force in the neighborhood. They are innovative with fundraising and very perceptive of the real needs of the poor and working poor in this area.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was home last fall from San Diego, CA and visited the wonderful folks at C.A.I.N. that I had worked with before moving west. I volunteered to collect contributions of money and food to feed the volunteers of the Secret Angel Christmas Program. I am always met with such enthusiasm from the neighborhood retail shops and inundated with contributions. It is a fulfilling experience and pleasure to be associated with the C.A.I.N. program. They are such a dedicated group of folks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Cain for a couple of months now. I am so impressed with the staff and the volunteers. They all make such an effort to be welcoming and kind to the guests. It is wonderful to be around such good people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for several years at this organization, primarily during the Christmas season. They do a tremendous job of keeping down costs, and using all dollars to help the people they serve. The most unique aspect of this non-profit is how they respect the individual they serve and empower them to make choices, rather than just receive handouts. For example, instead of handing a client a box of food, they let the client shop for himself, in the "store" they have created with food donations. Likewise, at Christmas they set up a "store" so that clients can select clothes and toys that are appropriate for their family. They make every effort to recognize the dignity of the people they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is a competent and compassionate professional organization! Our neighborhood is lucky to have them! Their services are needed for our low-income neighbors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Cain. I have found the job they do there amazing. Every person is treated with dignity and compassion. Every conceivable effort is done to make sure that whatever is needed is addressed. They are the most caring group of people and they make the most of every donation.

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a High School Service Coordinator who has worked with CAIN for about 10 years, I couldn't be happier to send high school volunteers there. I always tell people they are the most organized Food Pantry I have ever experienced!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When it comes to compassion for the community, CAIN has a bottomless cup. From providing food and other necessities to our neighbors, to providing teens with training so they can have a more properous future...there are no words to describe how much difference CAIN has made in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found CAIN through a Service Learning program at my school and I volunteered weekly for about two and a half months. In my time there, I saw just how much CAIN helps so many people by providing food, hygiene items, and spiritual nourishment. There are dedicated people that bring bread, desserts, and fresh produce every Monday. Another brings a delicious hot dish to share with everyone. People who come to CAIN for help are treated with respect and compassion. It is an amazing place and I am going to continue volunteering after my Service Learning is completed! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I find the many stories of the clients so touching and each in need at many levels. CAIN tries to address the needs of the families by connecting them to community resources, providing services and goods and listening to each story with hope, love and charity. The staff is always so positive and respectful of all. I enjoy finding bargains all year round to donate to the pantry, fullfill special needs and the Secret Santa Event.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I like how CAIN sends out one-time requests. For example, there was a woman in need of an undergarment, I happened to have some Kohl's Coupons/cash and was able to make the purchase. Sometimes it's the small steps that make giant leaps.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor with CAIN for years. It is awesome to come and delivery the gifts and see the celebration happening there. My staff at work all get together and buy for several families during the holidays. This is a big event for us and we look forward each year to have the opportunity to participate with CAIN.