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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand how effectively CAIN extends Grace in remarkable, tangible ways to everyone who walks thru the door. Guest needs and experience alway drive services that are creatively delivered to make sure this consistently happens. Volunteers and guests find common ground in the midst of difficult circumstance to celebrate each other in the Northside community. Not an easy thing to do...in our increasingly complex many times inequitable world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN continues to dig deeper and find creative, impactful ways to serve the needs of those most vulnerable in Northside. It is an integral part of the unique culture that makes Northside, 'Northside'. The experience of serving at CAIN has been life informing and rewarding.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN always keeps their guests as the main focus and volunteers and staff treat guests with compassion, respect and affection.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN treats each guest with dignity and affection and the focus on healthy food helps to improve the lives of the guests CAIN serves.

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Venshay A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past July I has the privilege of welcoming my one year anniversary of my time at CAIN as a student worker through the University of Cincinnati. The staff and volunteers of CAIN has made my time there wonderful and encouraging. Every single member of the CAIN team welcomes the guest and volunteers with respect, humility, understanding, patience and kindness. Their willingness to serve and inspire hope to the community, has certainly made an everlasting impact on the neighborhood of Northside. Being at CAIN, in the presence of the pure love and generosity of its people, I am massively inspired to be just as giving and loving. CAIN is not only a blessing to the people of Northside, but also to every organization, school, university, or program it partners with to introduce their philosophy of what it truly means to transform lives and inspire hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continually hear from CAIN's guests that it is just the nicest place with folks who take their time to listen and empathize with them. CAIN attends to their food needs, their spiritual needs and their need to be treated like valuable human beings. CAIN volunteers are always on the lookout for others services or agencies that can fill the gaps in their lives.
CAIN volunteers also remind the guests of CAIN's weekly hot meal service and the guest can apply for SNAP or get their federal and/or state taxes done there at no cost. This has also saved many guests hundreds of dollars each.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being part of the community at CAIN! Yes, it is volunteer service but, most important to me, I am part of a community of people who truly enjoy spending time together. More than a year after I first met them, the staff and other volunteers greet me as if I, too, am a beloved guest in their world. I may not come to the door in need of food but, most certainly, I come in need of the hospitality - the welcome, the kindness, the generosity - offered to every person who comes through CAIN's doors. Their response to each person both humbles and strengthens me: each of us, no matter who we are or why we are at the door, matters. We are, each of us, loved at CAIN.

Pamela85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with C.A.I.N. since 1992, when it was still called the "Northside Food Pantry". A LOT has changed over the years, but it has all been GOOD! The community of Northside is fortunate to have a place where they can get so much help in one place! It's not just about the food - it's about caring....& personal hygiene products... It's about compassion....& knowing someone is praying for you... It's about patience.....& someone helping to fill out the tax forms you could not do for yourself.... It's about warmth....& being able to get clothes for your family..... It's about kindness....& help with a resume' so you can get back to work & on your feet.... It's about love....something every client who visits C.A.I.N. experiences from the time the enter the door until they leave.....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN always treats clients with dignity and respect. Volunteers are given training to see that everything runs smoothly at CAIN.

I was a volunteer to help people sing up for the affordable care Act and CAIN was Helpful in supplying space for me to talk to people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at CAIN with my youngest daughter when she was in high school and needed service hours. After she graduated, other things got in the way and I stopped volunteering there. About 2 years ago I started going again, and am so glad I did! It is an extremely well run organization, with very dedicated staff and volunteers. It is clean and the process by which the "clients" use the pantry is very efficient. Each time I'm there, I see and hear the appreciation from the people served by CAIN. And to be perfectly honest, I feel good when I leave, knowing that I've helped just a little.

Chrissy8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is a wonderful, important organization in the Northside community. Everyone at CAIN goes out of their way to make sure they can help the guests as much as they can. Not only are the guests treated well, but it is a great place to volunteer. I had an incredible experience volunteering there this summer and am looking forward to continuing my volunteer work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been around CAIN for 1.5 months and I'm impressed! They just welcome whoever walks through the door! Even if there are tons of people and things seem crazy...they're always smiling and serving. The guests come first each day at CAIN! There are times where we may not be able to directly help a guest, but we have other resources that can! CAIN is truly a neighborhood ministry desiring to help each guest to reach their potential in life! It's a blessing to be apart of!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is a true neighborhood ministry. It is a place where neighbors take care of neighbors with respect and dignity. It is a place that is supported by the neighborhood of Northside. It is a place where people feel welcome right away.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN has become a second home to me! I love the relationships that are able to develop between the volunteers and the guests. It's very authentic, and welcoming! As a student I enjoyed working here because it gave me something to look forward to everyday I came to work. This place is amazing!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No one compares to CAIN when it comes to true love and ministry. They treat their guests and their volunteers as family, and call us to work together in love and respect. No one is unimportant or a "little person" at CAIN. You can always get a big hug from Priscilla, a joke from Darrell, or a smile from Lynne. CAIN ROCKS!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at CAIN because whatever your job you take time to talk to the people coming for help and make them feel welcome and respected.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is an amazing nonprofit that treats guests and volunteers extremely well!

Mary Grace F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After interning here all summer, I've really learned a lot about the inner workings of a nonprofit. The way volunteers and guests are treated is unmatched in my experience with food pantries. The respect given to guests who might be bearing shame or guilt by using this resource is refreshing and inspiring. As a whole, the leadership at CAIN is full of respect, compassion and a deep love for the Northside community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN has been an important part of my life since 2005. The staff are incredibly understanding, supportive and dedicated, but equally important are the hardworking volunteers. CAIN is an organization that welcomes anyone who needs a little extra help with open arms. One of the biggest testaments to how wonderful CAIN is the amount of volunteers who benefited from the support of CAIN.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We have volunteered in the past. Now we are only able to help with donations. All of the staff at Cain are top notch. They are always friendly and so grateful for any donations. But most importantly, they care deeply about their clients. Cain runs very smoothly with dedicated employees and volunteers. Cindy and Denny Bosse

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is a wonderful place. The volunteers and staff are great. clients are called and are greeted as guests. Hospitality is very important at CAIN. I love volunteering there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is such a great place. People who need services are treated personally and warmly. They are guests not clients. Hospitality is an important aspect of CAIN. I love working there.

KarlCinn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the local Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati, our choice pantry provides over 500 lb of fresh produce PER WEEK to our clients. I know this because I am one of 3 volunteers who go each Monday
to load our cars with the produce. Since Northside is a so-called "food desert" (no grocery in the neighborhood), this effort is especially important. But the real joy is in helping our clients in selecting produce, comparing recipes, and talking with one another.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been at CAIN about 9 years. It is a Choice Pantry in a virtual food desert. (Last grocery store closed last week). I typically am there on Monday nights. Using 3 cars, we go to our local Food Bank each Monday afternoon and load up about 500 lb. of fresh produce (yes, that is one ton per month!). We also serve a hot meal/casserole that evening. There is something about produce/meals that seems to promote good feelings among the volunteers and guests. There is pleasant conversation and laughter I wouldn't expect in a food pantry. But there it is. I go home on Monday night tired (I'm 81),but with a real feeling of joy.

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