2014 Annual Report

CUP, a coalition of non-profit agencies united since 1985, offers a variety of services to meet the needs of the diversified group of individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati. While the services are unique to each agency, the method of delivery is common; they counsel and serve with personalized attention and a minimum of administrative costs.

Due to kind support of our donors, the CUP agencies were able to provide needed relief and resources for thousands of people in our community. Their generosity and concern allows us to serve the homeless, low-income, and working poor each day. Thank you!

CUPette working in the community with others

The mission of CUP is to raise awareness about the plight of the poor in Greater Cincinnati.

Our goals:

  1. To educate the public about the plight of the poor.
  2. To raise funds for and awareness of member agencies.
  3. To facilitate collaboration among agencies.

Financial Report

CUP operates on a calendar-year basis. During 2014, CUP provided $137,550 to its member agencies to support programs that aid the poor.

Summarized Financial Data
2014 2013
Revenue $253,921 $283,507
Program Expenses 187,505 171,378
Management & General 5,231 4,735
Fundraising 16,883 15,317

Net Assets $543,550$499,249

CUP Agency Reports

Bethany House Services collaborates with other agencies to provide a full range of housing, education, and assistance programs to homeless families. Holistic services, including emergency shelter, comprehensive case management, post shelter support, transitional housing services and permanent affordable rental housing, address a family's current needs and seek to prevent repeat episodes of homelessness. In 2014, emergency shelter was provided for 438 woman and children along with 14,002 supervised bed nights and 30,350 meals. Educational programs included Life Skills Literacy, Parenting Plus, Budgeting, Nutrition, and Health and Safety. Both the Rapid Re-Housing and the Family Transitional Housing Programs move families from the family shelters in Hamilton County into permanent housing. In 2014, Family Transitional Housing assisted 51 homeless families and the Rapid Re-Housing program stabilized 66 families. Bethany Homes provided permanent, affordable housing for 33 households. The Family Housing Partnership Program, a BHS initiative, provided coordinated access, shelter, case management, and essential stabilization services for over 2,255 homeless women and children in five family shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area. Bethany House responded to 6,728 calls for information and referral for shelter and community resources.

Mary Magdalen House, believing that hope goes hand-in-hand with dignity, is an oasis of hospitality, offering a safe, pleasant place to shower, shave, brush teeth, use a phone and receive messages and mail. Mary Magdalen House also provides clean clothes and laundry services to those who need them. In 2014, the staff, together with generous volunteers and benefactors, gave 3,925 hours of their time, provided 21,178 showers and laundered over 20,290 bags of laundry for more than 1,800 brothers and sisters in need; 534 of them being first time Guests. We also helped them out with 3,018 pairs of pants, 2,010 shirts, 3,082 t-shirts, 5,247 socks and 2,940 pair of underwear.

Mercy Health - St. John, a comprehensive social service agency, works to improve the health of our community with an emphasis on people who are poor and underserved. In 2014, St. John's Safety Net Clinic provided 169 clinic visits to 160 patients. The Social Services Department provided emergency cash assistance (276 households), food and personal care items (3,054 households), and clothing (1,713) to support families with basic needs. Free lunches (77,652) were provided to clients six days a week. St. John's Emergency Family Shelter provided housing and supportive services to 103 families comprised of 314 children and 143 adults. The Bridges Program, a free job readiness and computer training program, provided training to 133 job seekers. The Youth Development Programs, designed to provide support and enrichment activities to help teens become responsible adults, worked with 300 young men and women.

Our Daily Bread (ODB) has been providing food and hospitality to the poor of Over-the-Rhine and the surrounding neighborhoods since January 1985. Our ministry strives to provide stability and hope to our guests by offering not just a warm meal, but also providing social services and a place for guests to socialize in a safe, respectful, and caring environment. Located on Race Street across from Findlay Market, ODB daily serves between 400-500 mid-day meals, Monday through Friday. ODB operates with the help of volunteers and a small staff, which includes individuals who have been guests themselves, but have made positive lifestyle changes with the help of ODB. ODB also offers a Lunch on Legs program for neighborhood seniors, an after-school Kids Club, and social activities such as Bingo, Book Club, and a Computer Lab.

Over-the-Rhine Kitchen (the oldest soup kitchen in Cincinnati), Walnut Hills Kitchen and Walnut Hills Pantry strive to help alleviate hunger in the community by serving the poor in an environment of respect, care, and hospitality. The Kitchens and Pantry serve a population consisting of disadvantaged people who lack the financial means, mental capacity, housing, and/or life skills to provide for themselves. These services are provided to meet the basic need for food and water and attempt to improve quality of life. During 2014, with the help of over 45,233 volunteer hours, the Kitchens served approximately 230,366 meals and the Pantry distributed groceries to about 5,734 individuals and families.

St. Vincent de Paul brings hope to the frontline of poverty, with more than 950 parish volunteers visiting the homes of neighbors in need to provide innovative, practical emergency assistance. The organization has been serving residents of the Cincinnati area for 145 years. When the poor and vulnerable of our community have no other place to turn, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is there for them, regardless of race or creed. In 2014, the Cincinnati Council of St. Vincent de Paul helped more than 120,000 people through its programs and services, including food assistance, homelessness prevention, clothing and furniture, and the Charitable Pharmacy.

Tender Mercies transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place they call home. In 2014, Tender Mercies served 193 residents with permanent and transitional supportive housing, conducted 162 resident activities (including 36 outings), and assisted 131 residents with income, which included fourteen with employment. Volunteers prepared and served 98,197 individual meals and gave approximately 105,000 hours of their time. Ninety-four percent of residents came directly from shelters or places not meant for humans to live and 89% exited to permanent housing solutions.


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Catholics United for the Poor
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(513) 471-4990