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.
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.