Catholics United for the Poor

2017 Annual Report

CUP, a coalition of local, 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.

We at CUP thank everyone for doing their part to help eliminate the destructiveness of poverty. Together, through joined resources and the spiritual and financial support of our donors and volunteers, we continue to make strides against suffering and offer hope to those in need to help them create a quality life. Because of your kindness and true concern for others, our work, everyday, is possible.

Thank you for uniting
with us!

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

Our goals:

  1. Educate the public about the plight of the poor.
  2. Raise funds to assist the poor
  3. Facilitate collaboration among agencies and the community

Summarized 2017 Audited Financial Data

Revenue $217,637
Program Expenses 216,580
Management & General 3,899
Fundraising 14,191

Net Assets $648,891

CUP Agency Reports

Your kind support during 2017 made this possible:

For 35 years, Bethany House Services' (BHS) emergency shelter has provided a safe, secure environment for families experiencing homelessness. Comprehensive, family-centered services begin with emergency assistance and case management for eligible families to prevent homelessness. For those families who have already lost their housing, BHS provides emergency shelter, assistance finding jobs and housing, and life skills education for both parents and children. Continued case management and rental assistance is provided for families entering HUD housing programs. Families continue to receive services after they leave the emergency shelter and/or housing programs. BHS wrap-around services address each family's current needs and seek to prevent repeat episodes of homelessness.

BHS is the largest family homeless shelter in Cincinnati, caring for 5 out of every 10 homeless families in our community as well as the largest provider of HUD housing programs for families. In 2017, BHS helped 554 families achieve their goals of housing stability and long term self-sufficiency; 1,030 individuals were sheltered and 1,143 individuals were housed-over 1,500 were children.

Our Daily Bread (ODB) envisions a Greater Cincinnati in which every person has sufficient access to food, essential social services and a place to feel safe. Since 1985, we have worked toward this vision by providing hot, home-cooked meals in a welcoming environment to anyone who walks through our doors. Located across from Findlay Market, ODB serves 300-400 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 who provide services around mental and physical health, addiction support and much more. In addition to our Soup Kitchen and Community Space, we also provide Emergency Assistance (funding and case management) and an after-school program called Kids Club.

Queen City Kitchen (formerly Over-the-Rhine and Walnut Hills Kitchens and Pantry) is Cincinnati's oldest soup kitchen and, after 40+ years, it remains true to its mission of providing food with dignity for neighbors in need. Powered by a network of compassionate volunteers, we're nourishing new perceptions of food insecurity, stripping away all stigmas, and feeding a force for good that can transform entire communities-one meal at a time. Our neighbors experience food insecurity for many reasons-insufficient employment, barriers due to mental or physical health, or unstable housing. No matter how or why they come through our doors, we seek to provide a moment of warmth, cheer, and stability-while meeting one of life's most basic needs. We operate two kitchens, one in Over the Rhine and another in Walnut Hills, which serve hot meals five days per week. Our food pantry, located in Walnut Hills, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In 2017, powered by nearly 17,000 volunteer hours, our food pantry served 5,082 families, and 56,704 hot meals were served from our kitchens.

St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati brings hope to the frontlines of poverty with more than 950 parish volunteers visiting the homes of neighbors in need to provide emergency assistance. The organization has been serving residents of the Cincinnati community for 149 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 2017, 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 2017, Tender Mercies served 181 residents with permanent supportive housing. During 2017, 100% of residents maintained their permanent housing or exited to permanent housing; and 73% of residents increased their income from entry to exit. Over 2,000 volunteers provided building improvements, landscaping, and hot meals, with over 32,000 individual meals being served.

Mary Magdalen House is an oasis of refreshment and peace for persons in need. We provide hospitality to the very poor of our community, furnishing a place to shower, receive clean clothing, use a telephone, and receive messages. To serve the whole person, a full time case manager is on staff to work with our guests and refer them to other available services in our community. At Mary Magdalen House, we have believed since our founding that "dignity is the beginning of hope."

During 2017, Mary Magdalen House provided 18,166 showers to 1,885 different guests. We laundered 17,307 bags of clothing and clothed many guests with 2,343 pairs of pants, 1,421 shirts, 2,096 t-shirts, 2,437 pairs of underwear and 3,591 pairs of socks.

2017 CUP Board Roster

Member Agency Name Board Member
Bethany House Services Susan Schiller
Mary Magdalen House Cary Powell
Our Daily Bread Georgine Getty
Queen City Kitchen Lauren Moore
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mike Dunn
Tender Mercies Russell Winters

2017 CUP Officers

Georgine Getty, President and Chair
Russell Winters, Vice President
Cary Powell, Treasurer
Susan Schiller, Secretary

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