Catholics United for the Poor

2018 Annual Report

CUP is a coalition of local, non-profit agencies united in service since 1985. We strive to meet the needs of the diverse group of individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati through our services and programs delivered with respect to people's dignity, counseling and serving with personalized attention and a minimum of administrative costs.

As the cycle of poverty continues in our community, we have been blessed with the continued spiritual and financial support of our donors and volunteers. Without your kind generosity, we would be unable to help provide the services and programs people need to help make ends meet or bring about the changes necessary to break the cycle of poverty. Thank you for caring about what happens in the lives of others and taking the steps to help them through tough times.

Thank You for helping piece together better lives

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 2018 Financial Data

Contributions $307,410
Program Expenses 305,411
Management & General 4,436
Fundraising 13,777
Net Assets $599,604

CUP Agency Reports

Your kind support during 2018 made this possible:

For 35 years, Bethany House Services' 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 2018, BHS sheltered 302 families and helped 315 families achieve their goals of housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency; 1,174 individuals were sheltered and 1,157 individuals were housed - over 1,500 were children.

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 2018, Mary Magdalen House provided 22,044 showers to 1,707 different guests. We laundered 21,259 bags of clothing and clothed many guests with 2,520 pairs of pants, 1,365 shirts, 2,384 t-shirts, 2,663 pairs of underwear and 3,049 pairs of socks.

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, 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. We operate two kitchens, one in Over-the-Rhine and another in Walnut Hills, and between our two kitchens we serve 960 meals per week. Our food pantry, located in Walnut Hills, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and serves approximately 90 families per week. Our neighbors experience food insecurity for many reasons: limited education and lack of employable skills, 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. In 2018, our food pantry served 5,165 families and 67,112 hot meals were served from our kitchens.

St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati brings hope to the frontlines of poverty with over 1,000 parish volunteers visiting the homes of neighbors in need to provide emergency assistance. The organization has been serving residents of the Cincinnati community for 150 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 2018, the St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati District Council helped our neighbors over 175,000 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 2018, Tender Mercies served 168 residents with permanent supportive housing. During 2018, 99% of residents maintained their permanent housing or exited to permanent housing in the community; and 63% of residents increased their income from entry to exit. Over 2,000 volunteers provided building improvements, landscaping, and hot meals, with over 31,000 individual meals being served. In late 2018, Tender Mercies broke ground on The 821 Flats a project which will provide an additional 57 homes to individuals who have experienced homelessness.

2018 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 Shauntia Edwards
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mike Dunn
Tender Mercies Russell Winters

2018 CUP Officers

Georgine Getty, President and Chair
Russell Winters, Vice President
Mike Dunn, Secretary
Cary Powell, Treasurer

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