Catholics United for the Poor

2016 Annual Report

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

Our donors' generosity comes in many forms. They volunteer their time and talents, bless us with financial and spiritual support, and continue their legacy of service and care for others through bequests. Due to your kindness, CUP has been able to provide needed relief and resources for the homeless, low-income, and working poor each day.

Thank you!

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 to assist the poor
  3. To facilitate collaboration among agencies and the community

Summarized 2016 Audited Financial Data

Revenue $186,636
Program Expenses 165,285
Management & General 4,442
Fundraising 15,419

Net Assets $601,263

CUP Agency Reports

For 34 years, Bethany House Services (BHS) has been a sanctuary for desperate, homeless families in need of help to achieve stable housing and income. Holistic services, including emergency shelter, housing, comprehensive case management, post shelter support, permanent supportive housing and affordable rental housing, address a family's current needs and seek to prevent repeat episodes of homelessness. Bethany House is the largest family homeless shelter in Cincinnati caring for 5 out of every 10 homeless families in our community and is the largest provider of rapid re-housing programs for families. In 2016 BHS helped 2,278 individuals, 1,558 of whom were children, achieve their goals of housing stability and long term self-sufficiency.

At Mary Magdalen House, "dignity is the beginning of hope." The House is an oasis of hospitality, offering a safe, pleasant place to shower, shave, brush teeth, use a phone and receive messages and mail. The House also provides clean clothes and laundry services to those who need them. In 2016, the staff, together with generous volunteers and benefactors, gave 3,800 hours of their time, provided 19,841 showers and laundered over 19,000 bags of laundry for more than 1,700 brothers and sisters in need. 508 of them were first time guests. Guests also received 3,153 pairs of pants, 1,695 shirts, 2,971 t-shirts, 3,954 pairs of socks, 2,927 pairs of underwear, 1,067 sweaters/sweatshirts and 419 pairs of thermals.

Our Daily Bread (ODB) has been providing food and hospitality to the Over-the-Rhine community since 1985. We strive to provide stability and hope for our guests by offering not just a warm meal, but also social services and a place for guests to socialize in a safe, respectful, and caring environment. Located across from Findlay Market, ODB serves 400-500 meals per day, Monday through Friday. ODB relies upon our team of volunteers (25-35 each day) and 100% of the food we serve is donated. ODB also serves as a community space for visiting professionals such as Haircuts from the Heart, the Freestore/Foodbank, and the Footcare Ministry. In addition to our food services, ODB also offers: Lunch on Legs program which delivers meals to neighborhood seniors, birthday cakes and small presents for each guest's birthday, after-school Kids Club, social activities such as Men's Group and Women's Group, and emergency assistance and social work referrals.

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 2016, with the help of volunteers contributing about 30,189 hours, the Kitchens served approximately 140,212 meals and the Pantry distributed groceries to 5,050 individuals and families.

St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati brings hope to the frontlines of poverty, with more than 900 parish volunteers visiting the homes of neighbors in need to provide emergency assistance. The organization has been serving residents of the Cincinnati community for 148 years. When the poor and vulnerable of our community have no other place to turn, St. Vincent de Paul is there for them, regardless of race or creed. In 2016, the Cincinnati Council of St. Vincent de Paul helped our neighbors over 160,000 times through services including food assistance, homelessness prevention, clothing and furniture assistance, 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 2016, Tender Mercies served 179 residents with permanent supportive housing. During 2016, 96% of residents maintained their permanent housing or exited to permanent housing; and 76 % of residents increased their income from entry to exit. A total of 80% of residents demonstrated improvement in their independent living skills, and 8% of resident increased their income through employment. Over 2,000 volunteers gave nearly 800,000 hours of their time.

2016 CUP Board Roster

Member Agency Name Board Member
Bethany House Services Susan Schiller
Mary Magdalen House Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti
Our Daily Bread Georgine Getty
Over-The-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchens & PantryPatricia Wakim
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mike Dunn
Tender Mercies Russell Winters

2016 Cup Officers

Patricia Wakim, President and Chair
Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti, Vice President
Susan Schiller, Secretary
Russell Winters, Treasurer

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Catholics United for the Poor
PO Box 14548, Cincinnati OH 45250
(513) 471-4990