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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN does a wonderful job caring for its neighbors in need. An ecumenical effort to serve the community for many years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm the Community-Owner board representative for a cooperatively owned neighborhood grocery store getting ready to open in the neighborhood. We are working VERY closely with CAIN to ensure that the benefits of cooperative ownership of the grocery store reach the disadvantaged populations that CAIN serves. And now, before we open, we are working with CAIN and the Northside Farmer's Market to help get fresh and healthy food to the transportation challenged individuals in the neighborhood.

CAIN does amazing work in MANY areas and we are lucky to partner with them in the areas we can help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This local charity is SUCH an asset to my community. They regularly bring awareness of need without guilt (for givers or receivers). I think this encourages donations and helps receivers avoid stigmatization. They also make it easy to give and have come up with some amazing ideas. For example they hand out flyers at the community council once a month that lists items needed for that month's "drive". (November's title was "Everything but the turkey" and asked for a reusable bag filled with 1 can of beans or peas, 1 can of greens, 1 can of cranberry sauce, 1 box of instant potatoes, 1 box of biscuit or muffin mix, 1 can of gravy, 1 roll of paper towels and 1 box of stuffing) (May-"Spring Cleaning" was a reusable bag with 1 laundry detergent, 1 dish soap, paper towels, dish cloths, kitchen towel, 1 box baking soda, vinegar --they printed instructions on how to use it as floor and window cleaner) This tells me exactly what they want/need and when to drop it off by. They've also partnered with the farmer's market and have a booth for people (market attendees and vendors) to donate fresh produce from the market. After the market they immediately hand it out to neighborhood families waiting back at their building. Also, frequently on farmers market days and neighborhood festival days (4th of July parade) they sell hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie dogs, veggie burgers and sodas at their location. At these donors and receivers interact without prejudices. No one really knows who is there for which purpose. It's really nice.

2 Judy48

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have lived from one end of the country to the other and volunteered in many places. CAIN is, by far, my favorite. From its humble beginnings, it is absolutely amazing how it has grown under the quiet guidance of Mimi Chamberlain. I am honored to have been a part of this organization for a period of my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I have moved away from the state (live in San Diego) I still visit C.A.I.N. when I make a trip back home. They are always so gracious and welcoming to me even though they are usually very, very busy with clients. It reminds me of how gracious and welcoming they are to EVERYONE that steps across their threshold. C.A.I.N. has been in operation form many years yet their enthusiasm and respect for those in need is just as new and encompassing as they were in the early days. What a wonderful operation they run. I am glad to say I was a part of the C.A.I.N. family.....and still feel I am.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and donor to CAIN for eight years. I can't think of a more important mission than making sure people get food, and healthy food, at that, when they need it. The volunteers work hard to provide healthy food. I am always amazed at the kindness and compassion shown to our guests when they visit CAIN. The atmosphere is so warm and welcoming for those who are going through difficult times. The staff at CAIN is cautious about making sure all the donations are used to fulfill the mission in a no-frills manner.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN ought to be in the dictionary under care! Each and everyday the house is full of volunteers and staff who's purpose is to treat the persons in need with respect and tenderness while trying to fill their needs. Smiles abound and I know some troubled thoughts are vanquished.
Anyone who is thinking about finding a place, either for your time or some of your hard earned dollars--this would be the place.
Most Sincerely,
Rian Keller

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support CAIN because they provide dignity to guests they serve. They are thoughtful about what guests need and also consider carefully the best way to deliver goods and services with compassion. I appreciate the education they offer to donors and volunteers. In addition, they are leaders in the local community, by anchoring innovative partnerships, such as with the local farmer's market. They have excellent partnerships with local businesses, who in turn support their efforts to serve those in need. I feel my dollars are very well spent when I give to CAIN!

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated and helped with CAIN Christmas. Everyone is so helpful and treats everyone else with such respect and kindness.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about CAIN when I attended a church in Northside. I have been a volunteer and a donor there. I admire their contribution to the community by helping those in need. I support their mission and feel that CAIN is a vital outreach. As quoted in scripture, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms', CAIN's mercy and love towards the people that they service exemplifies God's beauty by touching one hand and one life at a time. Praises to the leadership, the staff and the volunteers that continue to make it happen at CAIN.

Donor

Rating: 5

Apartment Association Outreach, Inc. is a partner with CAIN (Churches Active in Northside) financials donations to provide rent assistance to those who need a bridge over a tough patch as a one time payment directly to the landlord. Housing stability increases the stability for families and individuals. AAO also provides food donations to the pantry. We appreciate this partnership so much we showcase CAIN in a video about the work of the Outreach on our website www.gcnkoutreach.org, select the About Us tab and click the arrow to view.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am both a donor and a volunteer. This is a great organization! There are so many organizations clammoring for donations and you wonder where your money is going and who is being helped?! You don't have to wonder at CAIN. The emails they send out keep me connected to what's going on even when I can't get in to volunteer. I love their "Can You Help?" program where they email specific needs out to their email list and then you can "Help" if you are able. I often include my children in these "Help" shopping trips - one time we bought shoes for a whole family of kids, clothing for a working adult, shoes, etc. It helps my kids understand that there are people who struggle to provide things for their families. We also love the Angel Workshop at Christmas where clients can come in to "shop" for Christmas presents for their families. This is another opportunity to get my kids involved and we always support a number of children and adults during the holiday season as well as coming into CAIN to organize gifts and help the shoppers. I look forward to helping more with my time when I retire and my kids are on their own life adventures! Keep up the awesome work, CAIN!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I often take items to CAIN for donation. Not only are they helpful and friendly to me but it is clear how all of the customers feel as well. It seems to be a place to get help along with love and respect.

Cathy33

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in the neighborhood that CAIN serves and support CAIN's work with gifts as I am able. I am consistently impressed with the creativity and integrity with which CAIN serves my neighbors who are struggling to meet basic needs. I notice that the people being served by CAIN are treated with respect and dignity and that CAIN events like the Friday night summer cookouts often provide an important meeting place for neighbors who come from very different class backgrounds and might not otherwise have a chance to get to know each other. I have no doubt that CAIN makes my Northside neighborhood a better place for everyone who lives here!

Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN is a vital asset to the Northside community. They feed and clothe the working poor and provide other provisions for those in need. We support CAIN because we believe in their mission. We are a church in Northside and CAIN is helping us fulfill our own mission by extending our hands and our hearts to those less fortunate than ourselves.
New Spirit Metropolitan Community Church

Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN is an integral part of the Northside and surrounding community. Families in need not only count on the groceries, rent and utility assistance but on the genuine concern and support from the staff and volunteers at CAIN. I believe that CAIN's success is due to the excellent staff and the consistent way CAIN communicates the specific needs of the neighborhood to the donors and voluteers. CAIN is a smaill but mightly organization. They help hundreds of fmaiies throughout the year. At this time of the year I think of the many families who will have Christmas because of CAIN's Secret Angel program. It always amazes me how this small agency can help so many. God Bless.

Donor

Rating: 5

For the last few years I have donated to CAIN by purchasing gifts for the holiday season store. CAIN allows their clients to go through with a volunteer and choose what items would work best for their families. I am so moved by the thoughtfulness behind this idea. CAIN allows families in need to be active by selecting the gifts. I believe the process also allows the individual to have the dignity and respect we all want, by selecting what they take. I love giving to this organization

Donor

Rating: 5

What makes Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) truly stand out as a great organization is that, in addition to providing basic necessities such as food and clothing to those in need, CAIN makes the Cincinnati-area neighborhood of Northside a stronger, more vital community. Through the various events CAIN holds throughout the year, such as a pancake breakfast on the 4th of July, or a neighborhood-wide yard sale, neighbors in the community come together in fellowship and in support of those who need it most.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN works very hard at helping the community in every aspect; they show the true meaning of working together to help those in need. I support this group in very way I can because I know that people who are helped by CAIN, when possible, always give back to them which helps the next person...AND THAT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT...helping each other

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.