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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, 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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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.

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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.

1

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.

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!

1

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!!!!!!

1

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

1

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!!

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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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