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 2017, 1,110 different families of 1,482 adults and 1,075 children received food, personal care, and other necessities through our Rainbow Choice Food Pantry. There were a total of 4819 pantry visits which touched 11,304 people - over 20% of all residents who live in the 45223 area. Phil’s Place volunteers and staff served 70 people weekly. Grace Place touched the lives of our guest residents (32 families, consisting of 32 adults and 66 children) and volunteers who gave over 6000 hours of service. 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
Programs: Rainbow Choice Food Pantry; Phil's Place weekly community meal and Grace Place Shelter for women and children.
What I like especially about CAIN is the way that anyone coming in its doors is welcomed as a guest and treated with respect. In return, the guests come to think of the volunteers and staff as friends, and the room where they wait their turn to go through the pantry choosing the groceries they need becomes a warm, cheerful place. On Monday nights Ron is usually there at the door to sign people in and offer a dish of lasagna or a cup of soup or whatever Karl cooked up and brought in. A bite to eat makes the waiting easier. People slow down and smile and treat one another with courtesy. More than once you'll hear someone say, "No, I still have some of that left from last month--save it for someone who needs it." I've seen Linda spending an extra fifteen minutes to listen to a father whose teenage son is giving him grief, and I've seen Debbie set aside a decorated cake for a woman who wanted to give her daughter "anything" to mark her birthday. CAIN volunteers provide the little extras that show caring and understanding. CAIN is a place where people come to feel valued,and for many that's almost as important as being helped.